Thank you so much for this article. It is nice to be reminded about the pressures society and magazines put on us regular people. I had almost forgotten about everything a girl must go through just to get their photograph taken. I love it when celebrities allow photos of themselves without any touchups. It shows that they are real people too. I try to remind myself that my hips are a gift from my grandmother, not a curse. My beautiful red hair is from my great grandmother. It is a reminder that our ancestors are living within ourselves and we are able to carry their memories and genetics forward.
This is a very significant message and needs to be conveyed to our young children as well as to adults, particularly women! I would benefit from reading it every day. I am especially prone to picking myself apart and I even find that I look at and analyze other people's bodies --- in comparison to my own, or even just to be critical. Not good. I'm working on it.
2/18/2013 1:27:35 PM
I saw my shadow this morning whilst jogging and I was shocked to see my 'side love handles' in the shadow!! I felt very despondent most of the day thinking that I was doing the wrong exercises all along. But thanks to all the comments I have read tonight. It has made me realize that some of these pictures we admire all day are 'not real' and there is nothing wrong with my body. One day at a time . Thank you.
2/15/2013 2:54:02 PM
Fantastic article. I really needed this today. Thanks ever so much.
Thank you for the reminder that what we see as "role models" in the media is not real. Recently saw an article about what women do to prepare to walk the red carpet - not eat for days???? And then there is photo editing. I can barely look at a magazine without scrutinizing the body lines and chuckling over the Scarlet O'Hara waistlines (not!)
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