This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will have a “larger-than-average” model in it. A plus size model. When I first heard this I thought, “Wow, it’s about time.” You’ll see 27 year old Ashley Graham.
What is your first thought when you see her picture? Mine is, “She’s plus size, she’s larger than average? But she’s normal looking! What the heck is average?” Average size I guess is 14, Ashley is 16. With that being said, you know that Sports Illustrated and the majority of magazines, whether they are for teenage girls or grown men, usually aren’t going to have a woman this size in them.
You usually see a model like Lily Aldridge. She was one of the models featured in last years Sports Illustrated edition.
This size of model is what I grew up seeing everywhere. Having a screwed up body image and value in how “thin” you are was impressed upon me at a young age by the media and even family members. Find me a woman who loves themselves just the way they are? Find me a woman is exudes confidence and acceptance of themselves! I know there are women out there like that, but NOT ENOUGH!
And who’s to blame us. Ashley Graham isn’t being featured in Sports Illustrated. She’s only in an ad that someone has paid for. It is a start but we still have so far to go.
“Sports Illustrated downplayed the significance of the Swimsuits for All ad. “We’ve been accepting ads with women in swimsuits for 51 years,” the magazine said in a statement. “Nothing’s changed.” “
This model I think is absolutely fabulous. Tess Holliday. But you know what, it doesn’t matter what I think, it matters what SHE thinks. It matters what SHE thinks about her body and her self worth. She owns her body, owns her body image and loves herself (at least that’s what I get from everything she’s written about her modeling.)
A friend of mine and I were talking about this today and she said something that really struck me. She was talking about being aware of your relationship with your body and your relationship with food. That made me stop and think, what is my relationship with my body and with food.
All I know is that I’m scared to death of having my future child see me hate my body, call myself fat, and have them pick up on my feelings of inadequacy because I don’t like something about myself. I DO NOT want to pass those things onto my child. I’ll be damned if I don’t do my absolute best to love myself for who I am, the way I am and not pass on all of the negativity to my children that was passed on to me. That’s my journey right now. I’m working on it.
Fun Fact for today … Once you file something, there’s a 98% chance you’ll never look at it again.
Word of the day … moxie (MAHK-see)
1: energy, pep
2: courage, determination
Examples – Accustomed to being a wallflower, Morris admired his friend for having the moxie to walk up to a girl he didn’t know and ask her to dance.