Everyone has an opinion and when it comes to women’s bodies, it seems that too many people have too narrow an idea about what is beautiful and healthy. This year, Sports Illustrated dio-positive body people something to celebrate, putting not one but three vibrant and healthy women in the cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 . As expected, the size model sexy Ashley Graham caught criticism for her curves, but luckily the model is also healthy thick-skinned.
Graham, a size 16, was criticized by 1970 supermodel Cheryl Tiegs in March after news of his great YES broke cover. “His face is beautiful, beautiful,” Tiegs said. . “But do not think that is healthy in the long term,” Tiegs backpedaled quickly when fans Graham body-positive reacted to his comments – their opinions, but not really any of your business. “My sincerest apologies to all those who have hurt. I really just want everyone to be healthy and happy,” tweeted Tiegs.
Well, what about allowing people to be happy with the body you are, rather than trying to live up to an unattainable ideal that can only be achieved through extreme use Photoshop or by adopting an eating disorder?
Fortunately for Graham, she is as hard as is compassionate. The model flew comments Tiegs’, but not before pointing the biggest problem :. Body shaming
“Cheryl Tiegs may have said what he said, and may have hurt a lot of people’s feelings, but my skin is so thick,” Graham said. “I kind of rolled my eyes. I was like, ‘Oh, whatever, another of these ladies.” But the good thing is that, the fact that she said it, means that other women think like her. And what this means is that we really need to change the industry. ”
Graham is right. Some models go to dangerous extremes to maintain of unhealthy weight . in 2013, fashion model Bria Murphy, daughter of Eddie Murphy, said Good Morning America some models go so far as to eat cotton balls to stay thin. “I’ve heard of people eating cotton balls with orange juice … that are dipped in orange juice and then eat balls cotton to help them feel full, because cotton is not doing anything. It is just dissolution. And that makes you think you’re full, but you’re not. ”
While I’m not implying that Tiegs is one of those models that would advocate cotton balls instead of eating real food , something has to change. it’s like attitudes Tiegs’ that such life-threatening early by models behavior.
Fortunately, the industry is changing, albeit slowly. not only is Sports Illustrated helping to change the public perception of beauty, but France has repressed on fashion brands that employ models are “too thin.” the government is leaving doctors determine what is healthy based on the type of individual model body, which is admirable. the new legislation also requires digitally altered images to be labeled as “touched”. Spain, Italy and Israel have adopted similar laws.
Graham model Hailey Clauson and martial arts champion UFC Ronda Rousey as Sports Illustrated Cover model joined this year. “The three women are beautiful, sexy and strong,” said Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day. “Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is no” one size fits all. “The beauty is everywhere and that became especially clear to me during the filming and editing of this year.”
As Graham herself said, “Too many people think you can look at a girl my size and say they are unhealthy. you can not. Only a doctor can”.
Sister Preach! It is time that we throw conventional beauty and embrace the beauty in all its shapes and sizes. It is refreshing to see such iconic institutions as YES step up and take a stand against the belief that “healthy” only comes in a size 2.
Megan Winkler is an author, historian, Neurosculpting® meditation coach, certified nutrition consultant and DIY diva. When not writing or teaching a class, Megan can be found in water, on a yoga mat, learn a new instrument or singing karaoke. His passion for a healthy mind-body-spirit relationship motivates her to explore all the natural world has to offer.
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