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Dear SP, where are the real models?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dear Spark People,
I've noticed, when I log on in the morning, that you have all these bright shining faces smiling at me in the Top Stories section of the start page. Every morning I am forced to see all this "happiness." Why does it irritate me? It's not because they are smiling - it's because they are so freaking skinny.

Models have a job of looking pretty for the camera. They have time to work out and think about what they eat. Maybe they waitress on the side - I don't know. What I do know is that a model is most likely not doing the following... all at the same time:
1. trying to fit 60 hours of work into a 40 hour week
2. trying to find enough time left over for relationships and family
3. fixing meals for multiple people (more often containing someone with an allergy)
4. go to school part-time to show the importance of education to their kids in addition to improving her life
5. avoiding temptations at work like the birthday party ... or just because it's Friday
6. in the little time and energy that remains - carve out space for herself

If one of your models is doing this, please let us know. It's super annoying to see her smiling at me when I'm pretty sure she can eliminate half of the list mentioned above.

Better yet... why don't you start using some of your real-life inspiration stories as models. You have a built in fan base right here of women who are beautiful in so many ways. Sure, they may not fit in a single digit dress, but they have so much depth. They have found out how gluten affects their diet. They have discovered how past hurts have affected their weight... and then done something about it. They have modeled exercise for their children so they won't have to go through the exact same struggles. They have put themselves through school without surviving on gummy bears, ramen noodles, and Mt. Dew.

These are the real models I want to see smiling at me. The ones who take life by the horns and say, "You are mine now buddy." So what if she wears a size 12 or 20? So what if her hair is grey? That woman is far more real to me than then women I see now. (For that matter, where are the men? I know there are plenty of men on this site.)

If you need somewhere to start... I'll be waiting my my phone and computer.
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    1705 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    1705 days ago
  • ABAKER34
    Love your blog, can we please see some real models sparkpeople?? emoticon
    1705 days ago
    Not to knock the skinny girls, it would be nice to see some average sized women and men on this site.
    1705 days ago
    There are men on this site and I can tell you that once you lose "x" amount of pounds, you tend to start smiling from ear to ear. Not sure whether I qualify as a good candidate since I have lost some but not in the range of many here. Life is so immensely different for so many i would be good to see that wide cross-section here.
    1705 days ago
    I agree. It would be nice to see some more "real" people. My schedule sounds a lot like yours and I too would like to see some people that are just beginning their journey or are in the middle of it versus the ones who have made it past the finish line, or never had to worry at all about that extra piece of cake.

    1705 days ago
  • JANET552
    Good idea! We need to start seeing people of all shapes, sizes and age. It would be nice to see pictures that reflect the real world.
    1705 days ago
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