In today’s societies, there is a big upsurge in the importance placed on beauty. Half-naked, picture-perfect bodies pop up everywhere, from beauty magazines to local billboards. Fashion, plastic surgery, movies, advertising, and the cosmetic industry nurture a society of the petty spectacle, and prompt women (and many men) to go …
I looked my physical best. I fit into everything beautifully. My hair was a perfect bob. But absolutely no other part of me was well.
When I do this, I almost manage to achieve a kind of ‘beauty’ that I spent so much of my youth thinking would finally make me happy.
It took me a long time to accept that I am not supposed to please anyone, all I had to do was please my body and myself: I had to let it feel happy.
They campaigns us that every being — from the glossy, airbrushed model on the billboard to the woman who fights a battle every single day to find love for herself — deserves space and freedom to be seen and heard and loved for who she is.
The fight for body acceptance and body positivity cannot just be about an outright removal and ‘banning’ of skinny body types… or any body type. Here’s why.
What if beauty isn’t what we think it is? What if it’s not internal and external qualities, but it’s just something that permeates everything?
These women know what beauty is because they feel it and live it. They prove that when you feel it and live it, you look it. You ARE it.
Can we please expand our conversations to talk about qualities beyond just what we look like? This is what these women are doing.
My body’s a lot fleshier now, a little dimpled and wobbly in places. In exchange for all she’s done for me this is nothing to be sad for.