Thursday, October 1, 2009

Simply Beautiful

*Warning: nude chickies will appear in a photo in this post*

I was reading up on today's posts & I found this posted on BJ's blog.

Far left: Crystal Renn, Amy Lemons, Ashley Graham, Kate Dillon, Anansa Sims and Jennie Runk. Bottom Center: Lizzie Miller. Photo: Matthias Vriens-McGrath

This has to be one of the loveliest pictures I've seen in a while. This photo will appear in Glamour Magazine's November issue. Bravo to Glamour for printing a photo of what real everyday women look like. I don't even buy magazines anymore because all the girls in them are as thin as string beans. I mean, come on there's no way in hell I'm ever fitting into 'skinny jeans'!

The ladies in the photo are all 'plus size' models. That's right, those lovely ladies are labeled 'plus size'. Sad isn't it? I did some googleing research & this is what I found:
  1. The average American woman is 5'4", weighs 140 lbs, and wears a size 14 dress.

  2. The "ideal" woman--portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses--is 5'7", weighs 100 lbs, and wears a size 8. (Note: Definitely not me)

  3. One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger.

  4. The diet industry (diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs, etc.) takes in over $40 billion each year, and is still growing.

  5. 90% of high school junior and senior women diet regularly, even though only between 10% and 15% are over the weight recommended by the standard height-weight charts.

  6. Girls develop eating and self-image problems before drug or alcohol problems; there are drug and alcohol programs in almost every school, but no eating disorder programs.

I know that my last post was about me wanting to lose weight but I just want to say that it's not because of what society might think of me & my size. I'm doing it because I have a thyroid problem & I've read that gaining too much weight is bad for my condition. I also want to have a baby in a couple of years & don't want to have any issues conceiving because I'm overweight. Basically it's for myself,my husband and my health.

There's a ton of pressure for women to be that "ideal girl" but most of us wont ever fit into that little size 6 box that they want to put us into. Sorry, I think I'll stick to my healthy size 12 box.

Anyway, just thought I'd share this great picture & to remind everyone that no matter what size, we're all beautiful :)


  1. Hey, I have an award for you on my blog! :)

  2. Yes we are all beautiful!!
    I'm 4'11 inches of shortness.
    I have been all over the weight and size scale...currently a 12.
    I've been workin' out for the past year...steady. 5 days a week for an hour and half. I'm leaner. and much...much more healthy.

    I do not want to be a 6.
    I still buy the mags....I LOVE CLOTHES!!!! I love them. No, I'll never wear skinny jeans but I refuse to wear wide legs too. I'm so freakin' short I look like a south park character!! OMG! they killed Kenny!!!!

    I love who I am...that's the bottom line.

    It's too bad we can't get all young women to believe in themselves.

  3. Love it. Seriously--why aren't there more magazines that have REAL women in them?

    I'm sick of feeling "enormous" bc I wear a size 10/12 now. Thank you for posting this and letting me feel good about myself, hon! xoxo

  4. I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of Kate and other plus-size models here:


    They're all gorgeous.

    The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.


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