Was wandering around the internet today and found this funny clip from funnyordie.com where Nicole Eggbert puts herself back into the world of Baywatch in her older, slightly heavier body.
Hilarious, right? As long as you don’t think about the fact that some people think this way all the time, it is pretty comical.
If you do stop to ponder the fact that many people would call Nicole fat at her current size, it seems sad and slightly ridiculous. She is still beautiful. She jokingly acts out of breath in the video but she still seems to be in good shape. She looks healthy enough. And like she said, real women gain weight.
But apparently we are not supposed to want to look like real women?
According to designers we aren’t. There ideal feminine form is so far out there that it seems alien. Recently, BoingBoing posted a photo from Ralph Lauren that showed a clearly photoshopped model with the comment, “Dude, her head’s bigger than her pelvis.”
Wow. Just wow. I’m used to skinny models, but that is just ridiculous. That’s what we are supposed to think is beautiful? Images like that are the ones that create the unrealistic ideas about what women are supposed to look like. That model doesn’t even look that small in reality.
Images like this create unrealistic expectations that we can never fill. If that is the standard we are aiming for then we will always fail. If you are trying to look like the photoshopped images in magazines and ad campaigns you will not succeed. You won’t. You will just ruin your self-esteem, your body image, and spend a lot of unproductive hours wanting to be something you never can be. You will end up hating your body for the few extra pounds it is supposed to have.
Instead I’d rather be a real woman, who gains weight, who carries weight, who doesn’t look like she needs a sandwich or two before she passes out. I’d rather learn how to be happy with my own body than spend years obsessing over how to get a body I can’t have. (Kudos to Khloe Kardashian for this. She seems pretty secure in herself and knows she can’t look like her smaller sisters.)
Some women gain weight. Some women don’t. Some women are tall. Some are short. People come in all shapes and sizes. When are we going to accept that it is okay? When we will we accept that we are all meant to look differently? When will super thin, something impossible to obtain without resorting to anorexia or photoshop, stop being the ideal shape for women?
When will it be okay to be a real woman?
1 hour walk/jog with two hills
1 hour lower body conditioning class