I ran across this article yesterday and my heart lept (and my mouth drooled...hello gorgeousness). How I have dreamed about the day that the world of Fashion would embrace, truly embrace women of all sizes and not just those that are much smaller than the average woman.
I know this is a step in the right direction and we're not fully there. Its a new direction of authenticity in a world that creates this idea in our little girls minds (and women in general) that air brushed super thin bodies is what it takes to be beautiful or accepted or adored.
Thin can absolutely be attractive and beautiful, yes, absolutely but so can curves...alluring, healthy curves and when we really look around us as we walk in a crowd, most women have figures shaped much like the women in this image.
So this image reached out and moved me deeply and I wanted to share it here in this space with hopes that it may touch some of you. I thought to myself; Hey, my belly and hips and thighs sort of look like that (especially when I am consistently exercising...right now they are a bit cushier than usual...hee)! I actually felt more beautiful when looking at this image. Its really powerful. Powerful to see this shift in energies about the definition of beauty, women, balance, health, wholeness and freedom to accept who we are, how we are built and to celebrate that.
Like one of the models Lizzie said in an interview..."It may be someone else's normal to be a size 2 but my normal is a size 10 or 12. I work out, I eat healthy and this is my normal."
Its my normal too. This actually inspires me to be more active, which I have been missing deeply. I so enjoy my curves when they have that extra firm roundness booty bubbleness! ; )
I showed this image above to my husband last night and he said "Wow, real women...". He didn't mean that thin women are not real women, of course they are. What he meant was they were photographed and published without being tucked in or shaved off. Real.
For years I was with someone that wished I was thinner because he was attracted to thin. That's a whole other story that I don't want to get into right now, perhaps later. But what I will say is that it was so liberating to break away from those chains. Then when I finally met my husband while in a space of true self acceptance, within a few days he shared with me how he has always loved curvier shapes. It was as though me accepting and celebrating my true shape attracted a man that celebrated it too.
Just writing about all of this is helping me to feel more sexy...because I have NOT felt sexy that much at all lately. Perhaps in fleeting moments but not lasting. This has been very healing.