Glamour magazine has a new mission: make sure everyone knows that bodies are beautiful at every size.
It started in our September issue with a small photo of Lizzie Miller sitting au naturel*—confident, sexy and clearly unconcerned about a little belly overhang. We loved the photo, but it was just one of more than a hundred of full-figured women we’ve run in recent years, so we were surprised when it hit a nerve. “This is true beauty!” wrote one commenter on glamour.com. “A woman that eats!” Added Megan Fehl, 23: “Because of my own belly, I always thought I was some deformed woman, but not now. Holy hell, I am normal!” And in the words of another reader: “I’ve struggled with eating disorders and body image since I was 12. Seeing this picture is the first time I have felt good about myself and comfortable with my body (just the way it is) in a very long time. Thank you for the self-esteem.”
Full article here: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2009/10/these-bodies-are-beautiful-at-every-size
Now, while I'm sure some of you may not care about whether high fashion takes notice or not (I'm not a very chic person, myself), but I can not explain how much this means to me. The average designer makes sample clothes, sizes 00, 0, 2 and 4. Anything past 6 is considered "plus-sized," which means a lot of women aren't able to wear them. This means that celebrities, who--let's face it--people look up to, have to lose weight to fit into these sample sizes. If they don't fit them, they don't get the dress. Major celebrities can sometimes be cut a break, getting dresses made in their size as a coutesty. But, for the most part, the small size is shown to look like the "right" size. The "perfect" woman.
They are soooo wrong. All women, at any size, are beautiful. You obviously want to be as healthy as possible, but a size-16 does not necessarily equate to "omgmajorobesityshe'sgoingtodieahhh!" Some women are just built differently, and the point is to allow everyone the opportunity to love themselves, just the way they are. Tall, short, big, little, flat, flabby, whatever!
Anyway! I just had to share.
*The photo that started it:
And the photo that will be in November's issue, celebrating beautiful women: