The other day I came across a big to-do over a picture in the September issue of Glamour magazine, which I have not read because all those makeup and hair and dating tips are overwhelming and make me feel grumpy. And also because those magazines are expensive.
The issue contains this picture. A picture of a 20-year-old girl with a poochy stomach and underwear that cuts into her hip a little, rather than laying perfectly flat. And she looks GREAT.
Now, she's still a model; she still looks better than most of us. Well, better than I do, anyway. But. It's awesome to see someone who isn't flawless. Who wants flawless? Flawless is weird. I think most of us need to be reassured that we're not abnormal if we have poochy stomachs or stretch marks or cellulite. (Those of you who don't have any of those things, I submit this quote from You've Got Mail: "It's like bragging because you're tall." Keep it in mind when dealing with the rest of us. Also, this recut of Sleepless In Seattle is even better, but Mary Poppins is still my favorite.)
Yes, the airbrushed, photoshopped images we see totally distort our views. We know that. But do we GET it? I just want to say that you can all stop freaking out about being fat. If you're naturally tiny, great, be tiny. Own it.
But if you're not, why do you need to be? Why do you want to be?
STOP WITH THE GUILT ALREADY. Stop feeling guilty about everything you eat. Stop feeling guilty because you weigh more than you did in high school. Stop feeling guilty if you'd rather chill with a friend than work out. And for the sake of everything EVER, stop trying to make me feel guilty about my habits just because you feel bad about yours.
I walk most places I need to go, and when I have money I'll take a yoga class because I like yoga. I put lots of butter on my toast, and I always have some really good chocolate in my desk drawer. I'm never going to be tiny. And I feel fine about that.
This is me, feeling fine about it.
Please feel fine about you too.
You guys, I was totally going to talk about my breasts, but then this post got way too long so YOU MISSED OUT.
4 weeks ago