Monday, June 20, 2011

Real Women.

Do you want to know a big pet peeve of mine?

When someone tells me that they love my curvy body, because I represent "real women". 


That's a lot of pressure!  Also, I don't believe it ONE BIT. 

Are some women out there not real women?

Was I more of a real woman when I looked like this?

Or this?

The truth is:
All women are REAL WOMEN

No matter what our size.

 No matter if we are trying to lose weight, trying to gain weight, or embracing our weight as it is.

Weight, curves, boobs, hips, waists... none of these things make us "real" or "not real". 


So when can we start celebrating our bodies? 

When is it okay to start loving our individual, unique body shapes?

When is it appropriate to shout for joy about how beautiful our bodies are?

I say there is no time like RIGHT NOW

Embrace your body exactly as it is.

If you still have some pounds that you are wanting to lose or gain, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't or that you can't LOVE YOUR BODY.

This is me, and I'm a REAL WOMAN. 

And so are you!

(unless, of course, you are a man)


Heidi said...

Amen Leah!!

Mariebop said...

Woo hoo!! Great post!

I guess saying "you represent the 'real' woman" sounds better than saying "you're an average, everyday woman." :P Maybe if us average ladies were represented as beautiful in the media, this saying wouldn't exist and we'd all be rid of body image issues.

Jennifer said...

"This is me, and I'm a REAL WOMAN. And so are you!(unless, of course, you are a man)"

haha loved that!

Megan said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful post Leah! Love it, you're speaking the truth and a heck of a lot of people need to hear it.

Rachel said...

Exactly! I'm all for body positivity, but the idea that there is a "real" woman or "real" man simply perpetuates an idealism that is often at the root of body issues.

Reyonda said...

Bravo! Amen! Hallelujah!

Hyla said...

Great post!

Thin Lizzy said...

great post! we are all REAL no matter who we are. i'm also liking the new blog look. much more representative of you and where you are in your journey- loving yourself and being proud of your body.

Rae Jeannine said...

Excellent post as usual, I agree 100%. We all are real women whether we look like the models in the magazines or not. Most of us do not look that way, but still are real women who are good, right, and beautiful in our own way.