I’m a prissy girl. I don’t deny it, in fact, I revel in it. I love being a makeup whore, a cosmetics junkie, a lipgloss snob. If someone can name the fragrance I have on, I never wear it again. I like feeling that I’m in some tiny exclusive club of people in the know when it comes to beauty.
That being said, I’m also overweight. Not horribly overweight, but enough that I generally don’t wear cropped tops and have begun to enjoy a nicely cut 3/4 length sleeve. So, I”m one of those curvy, sexy, lush pretty girls. Too fat for the guys that like their women lean and athletic, not big enough for someone who searches out supersize bbw’s. I struggle with my body image sometimes, but that doesn’t stop me from subscribing to Allure, Marie Clair, Lucky, Glamour, Self etc.
This month’s Allure came in and maybe it’s because I’m also reading Body for Life for Women and am seriously contemplating joining a gym, but I was very cognizant of the double messages contained in one magazine. One of their ongoing segments is about 3 women, all with serious weight problems and how they are losing the weight. They track them every month, listing their beginning and current stats such as weight, chest, arm, waist and thigh size in inches and body fat percentage. They try to portray that they’re focusing on how these women are becoming healthier, but in fact, it’s just about the weight. The actual body weight is the big issue. Not that these women are working on strengthening their bodies, working their muscles and taking notice of their actual physical space again. It’s all about the sizes baby. In the same magazine, they have an article about how to have a flawless body, with a photograph of an expanse of naked skin marred by a single fly on it. I thought the article might be something about the way to celebrate your laugh lines, how you’ve earned your crow’s feet waiting up for your teenagers on prom night, or to use your stretch marks as a roadmap showing your journey to become a mother. Instead, it was about how to “smooth and soothe from head to toe”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about smoothing and soothing. It’s a ritual with me. But even the photographer on the shoot said he introduced the fly into the picture because “the model’s body was disturbingly perfect, so I introduced a fly into the frame to destroy that idealized image.” Well, that’s nice, however I think that maybe his idea behind his picture would have fit with the article I would have written a little bit better than the one Allure wrote.
In the same issue, there’s an article showing various actresses naked, with the pertinent parts coyly hidden behind prop telephones, fluttering fans, a strategically placed arm. The gist of the article is to show that being naked is ballsy. It takes guts. Women have body issues. We all have something we don’t like about ourselves. Well, thank you, Allure, because I sure thought I was the only woman on the planet that felt my size 16 butt with the cellulite lumps was unattractive. Now I feel vindicated! Praise the Lord and pass the fried chicken! EVERYONE feels like me-even highly paid actresses that all literally weigh less than 110 pounds feel just like me! I had no idea that a woman that wears a size 2, has a professional makeup artist and hairstylist waxing her stray hairs above her eyebrows and getting that curl just right while she sits in her makeup chair typing away on her Blackberry has the same issues with being seen naked as I do. I mean, can I even find someone to stand at attention in my bathroom at all times with an airbrush gun to fade away 6 inches from my thighs before I open the door?
Nice try Allure, but next time you want to give real women a pep talk about body image, try to use a woman that has given birth and raised her child without the help of a full time baby nurse. A woman that has nursed 2 kids back to back. A woman that has carried surrogate twins for an infertile couple and has the stretch marks to show for it. And when you do it, be sure to leave the airbrush program dormant as you go to press. Show the world that beauty is found in the strangest places.
If you need to sound off, email your rant to email@example.com
You must already be a CGB member and we reserve the right to edit your post (with your approval) to meet our super high standards.