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Hey Society – Get Your Opinions Off My Body

Did you see this article? I saw it late last night and LOVED it. Even posted it to my Facebook page. In the spread, size 12 model Katya Zharkova poses nude next to a “straight size” model to show the differences between them.

I loved it… thought it was a beautiful spread, truer words were never spoken. Then one of my friends put a comment that stopped me because I didn’t pick up on it myself.  Cristi’s comment:

“I saw this on someone else’s wall. So many things wrong with this – why is a size 12 considered plus size in the plus-size model industry when that is not even a plus-size in regular stores? And a size 6 is considered fat for regular models? BTW I think the size 12 model looks gorgeous.”

No kidding. I wear a size 12. Have worn a size 12 since I can remember. The majority of women that I know are at least a size 10 and higher and I can count on one hand the friends of mine who are in the single digit sizes.

Yet mainstream world still wants to consider us overweight, plus size and that we should constantly be striving to look like the emaciated size 0 model.

Raising girls, I’m challenged every day to help them define what a healthy body image is when they’re faced with magazine and TV images of what advertisers want us to think is normal. I decided from the get go that I wouldn’t be the parent who made them “clean their plate” before they got up from the table. We don’t use dessert as an incentive to finish dinner and we try to keep the house full of healthy options for snacking. I will kick them out of the house, lock the doors and insist they run around like wild kids so they get some exercise more exhausting than changing games out of the Wii.

But that’s where I stop being maniacal about it. I don’t want the focus to be on their size but rather their health and I surely don’t want them to look at the cover of Seventeen and think that’s the standard they should be shooting for.

I realize that overall, our society is overweight. But by whose standards? I realize that I need to exercise more and that my metabolism is changing as I get older but I hardly consider myself overweight or a “Plus Size” at a size 12. I refuse to set myself up for failure by “dieting” and the scale in my bathroom gets used maybe twice a year. When my clothes stop fitting the way they’re supposed to, I start watching the extra crap going into my mouth.

What are your thoughts – do you agree or disagree with the points made in the article with the photos?

And, I agree with Cristi – Katya looks amazing in those photos.

Kristen
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