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We all do it. In the hairdresser’s, watching the red carpet on TV, catching a glimpse of Fashion Week. We watch those girls who always look good, no matter what, who’s hair and makeup are always perfect, and whose bodies are thin. Stick thin usually, but any kind of thin will do. The point is, they’re thinner than us, and that’s what gets us sighing with envy.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen another woman’s shape and wished mine was just like that, well, I’d have enough money to grow myself a new body and move into it!
The worst thing is, I know that envy is bad for me. It makes me feel like a failure. Then the next time I get ready to go out, all I see in the mirror is something large and unflattering, and I think that no matter what I wear or put on my face, I’ll still never look as good as those perfect women. (more…)
I’m a girl with curves. Yep, I admit it. I confess that there’s very little about my body that isn’t amply endowed in some way or other. And yes, my feelings about that are complex – and don’t worry, I’m not going to go into them here and now, without warning your first :-).
I am delighted to say however, that there are some people out there who not only don’t mind their curves, but they are ready, willing, able and already active in doing something about it that will help the rest of us.
In the last few years, there’s been quite a bit of movement in the area of body shape and how both society and the clothing/fashion industry addresses (or completely fails to) concepts of body image and self-esteem. Unfortunately, it’s still totally normal to insult (mostly) women who are overweight, as though being big isn’t already enough of a burden that you need to deal with people’s rudeness as well. Which is why finding this particular lady is so refreshing. Her name is Janine Mison and she’s a force to be reckoned with. (more…)