Last week, I saw this picture on Facebook of beautiful model Tara Lynn. It was accompanied by the following story;
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness. They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia. They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad. And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies. We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated. Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! ”
I thought this was a beautiful story about finding and accepting oneself as beautiful at any size. I don’t have any problem with thin, fit, slender women. I just think it’s important that we accept the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Slender women have opportunities to feel beautiful and sexy every day. A photo like this one just gives everyone the opportunity to feel beautiful.
So tonight’s poll (on Saturday instead of Friday, because I’m crazy like that) is about body image. Not the way you see other people, but the way you see YOU.
Weigh in (no pun intended!)!!!
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LOL I saw this on one of my friends pages and decided to share it. But my answer to the poll was: I’m moderately self-concious but most of the time I don’t think about it.
The reason: When i was in grade school i was teased for being skinny. One day a girl asked me how is it that your so skinny my innocent 12yr old mind answered I don’t know why i’m so skinny. the girls around us snickered i didn’t think anything of it all i knew was that i hated being super skinny. I didn’t feel right. so since college when i have the time I go to the gym to keep in shape am I doing it to lose the pounds NO im doing it to stay at a normal weight. so my view is if your happy with your weight and just eat right and excerise moderately there is nothing wrong with you.
I LOVE and appreciate bodies of all shapes and sizes– I am extremely critical of myself, however. (I’m working on it;) It’s unfair to *me* that I can see and recognize the beauty in other women (of all sizes and ages) but not feel good about myself. :/
I think that women was extremely courageous for standing up for all of us who are judged for our body, thin or thick. I, myself, am nowhere near thin, and have never been like that in my life. My problem is medical, I have PCOS, which is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, it makes it harder to lose weight. I’ve always been self-concious about my weight, because I knew how I looked to people, “God, is she eating a TACO? She must really not give a crap about her weight or how she looks.” No, I eat that taco because it is delicious. It took my YEARS to realize that, you know what? I am NOT ugly, I am NOT disgusting. I am who I am. I still have relaspes where I go on a self-hating binge and refuse to eat because of how gross I look in the mirror. Then there are those times that I just feel so beautiful that I can’t stop smiling.
So to everyone who reads this, you’re stunning, and beautiful and absolutely PERFECT the way you are. Never change, because the moment you change when people tell you to, is the moment you lose who you are.