Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Refreshing!

I just read an article about how Marie Claire's France edition used plus size models in their latest spread- You can see the article and some pics (watch out some nudity) at this link:  http://fashiongonerogue.com/laura-catteral-hayley-morley-marie-claire-france-june-2010/

I am so impressed by this! First off, they all look beautiful. Second off, I am feeling pretty curvy these days and have been a little self-conscious about my new weight (20lbs heavier than I was when I got married 3 years ago!), but seeing these pictures, I feel much better about who I am. They aren't super heavy, no, but they're definitely huge compared to the rest of the industry's models. It's nice to see real looking bodies.

Sometimes I honestly think it's so ridiculous how we have this standard of beauty that is quite frankly, not only pretty unattainable, but also a little unnatural. I look around everyday and I see "real" women: women w/ unkempt hair, women with extra weight, women wearing clothes from Wal-Mart, women with an asymmetrical nose, small boobs, and big behinds. And yet I still think a woman is "supposed" to be thin, big-boobed, perfectly coifed and so forth. It's so odd how t.v., magazines and the internet keep telling me that I'm "supposed" to be something else. Why can't I just be happy who I am?

Once I heard something about how beauty standards were created so companies could sell products to people that would help them attain that beauty. Not sure if it's true but I'm not doubting that our social structure is also somewhat inspired by businesses trying to make money. Notice though, that one or two beauty products are never enough- we are constantly guzzling them down, buying them in bulk, trying out this foundation and that, this blush and that, waiting and hoping for the "perfect" item- and yet there's never one. We keep wanting more.

What do you think? Am I on to something or completely out in left field? What do you think of the Marie Claire spread? 



4 comments:

liloo said...

I'm not a fan of Marie Claires magazine, but this time they made something good :)
I totaly agree with you :)
In this period in France there is a debate, important for me, concerning the fact to write or not when a pic is retouched! Even if we know that on 98% of the time, pics are retouched on mag, I think that it's a good idea, coz it's a kind of reminder, and we will stop complexing about what we are seeing!
We, you and I are representing the 95% of the population and "normal" ppl.
And it's normal for me to see "normal" body, with its imperfection, wearing this or that dress...

Thx for sharing this article, really interesting.
Lots of love

Liloo

Fintia said...

I agree with you. I grew up in a circle of skinny friends.
I always felt like the fat one and I was not even fat! They were just too skinny.

I've never been happy with my body.. Now at my almost 29 years.. I am learning to accept it and let go..

Thanks for sharing!

紫倫妍勳 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債..................................................

佩GailBohanan1蓉 said...

Make yourself necessary to someone.............................................................