The true definition of a beautiful woman doesn’t come in a size two. She doesn’t come in a size four, either. As a matter of fact, let’s just take the word ‘size’ out of the equation altogether when we’re looking to define what beauty is all about. Size has nothing to do with beauty because if we were to be totally honest, there have been quite a few ‘Plain Jane’ stick figure women that have showed up in runways and magazine covers for years to come.
However, it looks like certain magazines such as Elle have decided to include plus size women in their publication. Considering the fact that I am a plus size woman, this excites me and I’m glad that the fashion world is finally starting to understand that plus size women shouldn’t be treated as the underdog when it comes to beauty and we most certainly are not meant to be treated unequally.
Now I’m sure that many readers gasped for air when Elle decided to place Melissa McCarthy on the cover of their magazine because of the fact that she’s a plus size woman. Her size doesn’t represent this so-called definition of beauty that society wants us to believe, which has been that only skinny women are amazingly beautiful. There was one individual in the media that publicly expressed his outrage of her being on the cover, going as far as to call her derogatory names. Sarcastically, I said to myself, “Oh, let’s just forget the fact that she’s very talented and that she looks amazing on the cover! Let’s concentrate more on how much meat she has on her bones! And while we’re at it, let’s call her horrible names! Wow! That sounds logical!”
The negative attitudes that many express towards plus size women is one of the reasons why you have such an astronomical amount of young women obsessing about their looks. They start to believe that their self worth is based off of their size because of what is being portrayed in the movies, TV, and magazines. So then they will exercise excessively, become bulimic, and get tons of plastic surgery so that they can fit this mold of what they are forced to believe is the definition of beauty. However, what a lot of young women fail to realize is that many women that they see in the media, are some of the most unhappy and insecure human beings on the face of the earth.
Some of them lack talent, taste, and intelligence. So if the only “wonderful” attribute they have is their small physique, you can best believe that they won’t be taken seriously…especially if their physique starts to show signs of sagging skin, wrinkles, and age spots. I’m not saying that one shouldn’t improve their physical appearance and/or health. In fact, I’ve been working out and losing weight so that I can lower my risk of Type II diabetes and high blood pressure, which are very common in my family. I don’t wanna catch neither one of those demons. In other words, I’m losing weight for MYSELF, not to fit into the beliefs of what society classifies as acceptable.
It may sound cliché but beauty really does start from within. There are many beautiful women in the world that will not be known for their beauty because their horrible attitudes override everything else. So if you are striving for beauty, start from within and then work on your outside appearance.
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