I am going to start this post with a disclaimer, by saying that all shapes an sizes are gorgeous. You should love yourself regardless of what society normalises as beauty standards. We are humans; un-photoshopped, real people with real bodies. You don’t have to leave that piece of chocolate cake, you don’t have to spend hours applying makeup, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym and you don’t have to dress for your shape. You do whatever makes you feel happiest, most comfortable and confident.
Today however, I want to shoutout my average-sized girls (and boys)
In a world that only seems to have eyes for size-zero models, and a world that is luckily more increasingly making room for the so-called ‘plus-sized’ models, us average-sized people can feel a bit left out. Thank goodness I am not aspiring to be a model, but if I would I either have to lose about 10kgs or gain the same amount to even be considered in the modelling world. Not taking into conservation the fact that I also have to grow about 2 feet obviously!
Why is it then, that the largest target audience is not represented in advertisements? I am definitely not a marketing genius, but you would think that by targeting the biggest audience first, sales would increase? Instead, our self-esteem is constantly being crushed and our body image switches from “I need to lose weight” to “I want a curvier body”.
There is nothing wrong with being average
Growing up I have had my issues with my body, I have tried diets and workout calendars all with the aim to somehow transform the way I look. I certainly still am not where I want to be, but I have come to appreciate my body. Sometimes I even love the way I look! There is nothing wrong with showing yourself some love from time to time! Last week I made a decision to join the gym again, not to transform how I look but to feel healthier and to look after my body. There are a few things I would like to improve, but instead of hating the way I look now I just want to work with what I’ve got and enhance that what can be enhanced!
Photography by Anuschka Giersthove
Lots of Love,