Body image is a touchy subject.
It’s great to support a healthy lifestyle and high self-esteem, and cracking down on bullies and social pressures helps our society to grow in a positive way. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate a ‘f**k yeah’ type of confidence in a budding, young girl, right?
As someone who struggled with body image issues for years, I really just melted into the million-strong group of other women who paraded around feeling helpless. The thing that was confusing was that we all looked so different, so how could we all feel so ugly?
When it comes to supporting a healthy body image, I think it is safest for us to play between the extremes. For so long, society shamed the big girl for being things she wasn’t — lazy, weak, and boring. The body revolution of late has encouraged curvy women to be empowered, and I’m throwing the pound fist to ‘em!
We do have to be careful, however, to not refer to only women with curves as ‘real women.’ I’ve heard my aunts do it, my boss do it, news anchors do it, and celebrities do it. The skinny girls are ‘real women,’ too, and shouldn’t be hated on for not having meaty bodies. They’ll never have a rack to brag about, a bangin’ booty, or luscious thighs. So let’s be careful to not body shame in that direction, either. Deal? Deal.
While some pro-body advocates seem to praise one breed of female or another, I’d like to bring a refreshing dimension to the discussion. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful with her own setup.
Here are 10 quotes (and a bonus video) from women of all sizes about loving your body – regardless of what you’re working with. This one is for the skinny, the curvy, the pale, the tanned, the pregnant, the long-haired, the short-haired, and the girls who are endlessly growing into themselves.
Why? Because you’re all beautiful.
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I think women out there should just be happy with the way they look. They shouldn’t really try to conform to any kind of stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy.
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I just think it should be illegal to call somebody ‘fat’ on TV. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?
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I think about my body as a tool to do the stuff I need to do, but not the be all and end all of my existence. Which sounds like I spent a week at a meditation retreat, but it’s genuinely how I feel.
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I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that’s just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.
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Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
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You’re damned if you’re too thin and you’re dammed if you’re too heavy…it is impossible to satisfy everyone and I suggest we stop trying.
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Femininity for me means happiness and freedom…freedom of being who you are in whatever shape or size you come in.
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I keep telling myself that I’m a human being who’s not made to look like a doll and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.
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Girls of all kinds can be beautiful – from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy, though, because many people still put beauty into a confining narrow box…think outside of the box…pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.
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The female body is something that’s so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not diss other woman for being proud of theirs.
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