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DASHKATH Posts: 862
6/9/13 6:25 A

A model's "body" is only that way in a magazine, photoshoped and airbrushed. You too could have a model's body with the right digital touches. Focus on what you body can achieve (run, obstacle course, climb) and not what it looks like. There are lots of people out there who can't even walk and could care less if they looked like a model if they could walk again.

LIVEBETTER1971 SparkPoints: (12,044)
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6/9/13 3:43 A

Because you are a normal person, with a normal body and a normal life!
I would never attain to have a body like that, God, who has the time to bother with it?
Focus on being the best YOU that you can be. If you need to lose a few pounds, then fine, do it, work hard on toning up and all of that, but you won't ever feel happy with any progress until you change your mind-set.
You aren't a model, you are you, and that is perfect for you! Don't wish to look like someone else. Ok, it can be a good motivator to look at pictures of womens shapes that you admire, but never if you are looking at them with jealousy, envy, bitterness and resentment.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/9/13 3:20 A

It's an unhelpful, unrealistic goal, that does not serve you or anyone well. You can't have that kind of body, because it doesn't really exist. Or, exists only in a TINY TINY TINY fraction of the population.

So why set this as a goal or dream? All you do is guarantee you'll never be happy with yourself.

It's like saying "why can i not have the body of an 18 year old? Why! It's so unfair!" - well, i'm 48. No matter how fit and toned I get, there's no WAY I can ever look 18 again. Even superstars with all the millions of dollars in the world for personal trainers, personal chefs, lifestyle coaches, plastic surgery, hair and makeup artistry..... do not look the same at 30, 40, 50, as they did at 18. So there's no point aspiring to it.

Be the best YOU that you can be. And be happy with yourself AS YOU ARE.

JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (31,293)
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6/9/13 1:44 A

All those models are air brushed, even the ones that I have seen on talk shows say they feel something is wrong with their bodies. I am like where, but to them they also see flaws.The magazines are a joke just for the consumer to help fill the pockets of the magazines corporate world Besides some of us that have side handles,bulging stomachs,thunder thighs ,sagging bat wings.We are not the air brushed movie stars/models of Hollywood. The women & men of Sparks are my heroes,because they have ex[posed them selves to the world pf sparks. for all of us to see. To give themselves encouragement & the rest of us reasons to reach our goal & commit to stay their

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,749)
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6/8/13 7:26 P

First of all, you're beautiful on the outside! (I just looked at your picture!) There are loads of ladies who would love to look like you! Yes, you! And you seem like a nice, sweet person! Also, you are getting healthy and taking care of yourself by being a part of the SP community! Now that's a lot to be proud of! So celebrate, girlfriend! xx

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6/8/13 7:18 P

Most models are way too thin to look good in my opinion!

CHOCOLATELEA SparkPoints: (4,692)
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6/8/13 6:22 P

You do. ;) Just hire a photographer and you are a model!

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,612)
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6/8/13 10:19 A

Please don't compare yourself to that!!! I work at Victoria's Secret, and one of my coworkers and I were looking at one of the marketing signs the other night while closing. The model on there was SO airbrushed... she literally had NO curve of her butt. It was completely airbrushed smooth, plus there was no way she could be standing the way she was... lol

It's all about making you buy the product, so companies are going to do anything they can to make their product look good. Don't feed into it and embrace your body the way it was designed!! I would personally rather have my bigger muscular legs over stick thin pre-puberty non-curved legs ANY day!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,506
6/8/13 7:24 A

after reading the articles posted by ARCHIMEDESII,

I got curious about the pictures of Crystal Renn... a 5'9" model who Was considered a plus size model even wearing 12-14. I'm 5'11" and I can tell you that is far from what most would consider plus size...but everything is relative. The fashion industry sells clothing based on what people want to fantasize they will look like ...not reality.

I was shocked by the photo of Filippa in the Ralph Lauren advertisement. That was like looking of a stick figure character of a person. It's warped...and I wonder about the mind that thought that looked attractive. It truly looked like fashion for the anorexic
So when I got curious about the picture...I found another article that made me cringe even more. In discussing the altered photo It talked about Filippa Hamilton and said: "A former Ralph Lauren model whose image in a roundly criticised advertisement was digitally slenderised said that the
apparel maker did not renew her contract because she was "too large". emoticon
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Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 6/8/2013 (07:32)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,203)
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6/8/13 6:05 A


A woman should never compare themselves to images in magazines. Those models are air brushed to look that good. Here are a couple of examples of how even really slim women are made to look thinner. Do you know who Jessica Alba is ? These are photos of her in real life placed next to the images that were posted in magazines.

Here's another article of how magazines manipulate photos.

The point ? Magazines don't sell reality. They sell fantasy. You have to understand that there are billion dollar industries that feed off a woman's insecurities about her body. If a woman was truly confident with themselves, we wouldn't have industries dedicated to cosmetics, fashion, diet, dental, etc... All these companies are dependent on a woman buying their products to look better.

So, don't beat yourself up because you don't look like the image in a magazine. None of us do. The fact is, social standards of beauty have changed radically over the years. What was considered good looking 50 years ago is now considered fat today.

Example, Jayne Mansfield, Raquel Welch and even Marilyn Monroe would be put on diets to lose 10-15 pounds. There was a day when it was considered good to have curves. These days, the fashion industry is parading around 15-16 year old teenagers with the bodies of adolescent boys and tell us this is what women should look like.

NO, that's not what women should look like. That's what some women MIGHT look like, but that's not the norm.

You are unique AND beautiful just the way you are.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (367,627)
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6/8/13 4:18 A

You can but you would have to give everything up emoticon

Now come on, are you just feeling down? Look back at what you have done and keep it up.

Easy for me to say as I have reached my goal but it has been hard to keep to it (three months now). If I can do it so can you.

Have a great week and go for a walk. There is a 5k on so have a go at that, you can walk, run, jog or even crawl if you want to but do it.

Good luck

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (256,662)
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6/8/13 4:03 A

As far as 'normality' goes, their bodies aren't normal at all!

'Normal' comes in all shapes and sizes. A lot of them are an unhealthily low weight. Some even skin and bone. Who would want to willingly be like that?

I have 'love handles and a wobbly tummy', too, but I am a healthy weight. Toning would take care of that, and for that you don't need to spend hours a day exercising. I embrace my body (figuratively speaking :-) I am proud of where I am now compared to where I came from, and even then, I never focused on the negatives. To me, that just makes you more susceptible to low self esteem.


EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
6/8/13 3:37 A

I have love handles and a wobbly tummy!

Why can't I have a nice body like those fitness models?

Do I have to exercise 4 hours a day to get a body like that?

Is my body normal, even?

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