Thanks to some outspoken women who see their curves as something to be celebrated rather than sequestered, the highly unattainable stick-thin model figure is starting to slip in popularity. Maybe that’s why the Victoria Secret Fashion Show will no longer be televised, according to Harper’s Bazaar. The program has faced plummeting ratings in recent years, with Bazaar reporting last year’s show bringing in a record low 3.3 million viewers in comparison to 5 million the previous year.
Trailblazer Ashley Graham became
the first size-16 model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated for their swimsuit issue in 2016, according
to The Independent. But don’t refer to her as plus size, since Graham has
never been a fan of the term. “Why do we have to describe a
woman because of a number inside of her pants?” Graham said in the
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Graham recently told Harper’s Bazaar UK that modeling was something she had to really push for. “I have had to work harder than everybody else because of my size. I’ve always had to suck it up,” she said, yet stressing the importance on owning who she is. “It’s beautiful to show your real true self,” Graham commented in the interview. “I want to be an example to allow women to be who they are.”
As for critics and naysayers who still insist on body shaming, Graham has no time for them. Redbook reported that a 2018 Instagram post Graham put up of herself in Dior lingerie brought a thoughtless comment from a follower, who said, “We thought you work out.” Graham got the last word, saying, “Girls with cellulite and rolls can’t work out also?”
Singer Demi Lovato has fought some tough battles including
substance abuse and a nearly fatal overdose last July as
reported by MSN. The 26-year-old has often struggled with an eating
disorder and body-related issues. In
an interview with Fitness in
2014, Lovato said, “We all have problem areas. I’m always going to have thick
thighs. I can’t change that, and obsessing over it will only make me miserable.
Learning to be grateful for our bodies and taking care of them are the best
ways for us to empower ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.”
Now doing well on the road to recovery, Lovato is focused on health and strength. “I realized I’d rather be strong and happy than be what society thinks is thin and perfect and be miserable,” Lovato said.
Comedian and actress Amy Schumer exudes confidence and self-acceptance – making her a favorite with female audiences. Schumer is known for speaking her mind, including to commenters on social media. Redbook reported that in 2018, a fan altered one of Schumer’s Instagram posts of her in a bikini to make her look slimmer, writing, “So I think Amy looks great already but man does she look better in [sic] my OPINION in the second photo.” Schumer promptly replied, “I disagree. I like how I really look. That’s my body. I love my body for being strong and healthy and sexy. I look like I’d give a good hug or have a drink with you. The other picture looks nice but it’s not me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well. See, we’re both right.” The Instagram user quickly apologized.
icon Serena Williams is the embodiment of strength who does not let public
opinion tell her what’s beautiful for her body. “I love me and I learned
to love me and I’ve been like this my whole life, and I embrace me, and I love
how I look,” Williams said in an
interview with Good Morning America
last year. “I
love that I’m a full woman and I am strong, and I’m powerful, and I’m beautiful
at the same time, and there’s nothing wrong like that.”
After giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in 2018, she spoke about her post-baby body in an interview with The Thirty saying, “I was playing in Wimbledon, and I totally have a stomach… It’s no secret. It is what it is. And I’m proud of my tummy… your body is imperfectly perfect after having a baby. I’d say embrace your imperfectly perfect body, because it produced an amazing human.”
Singer Selena Gomez has fought some serious health issues
including lupus and undergoing a kidney transplant. Gomez has also been
subjected to body shaming, including last year when she posted a picture of
herself in a bikini on Instagram during a trip to Australia. According
to Hello Giggles, Gomez took the high road and in the process, inspired her
millions of followers, writing in a post, “The beauty myth – an obsession with physical perfection that traps
modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and
self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless
beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything
to anyone. Wind in her sails,” And she included a rainbow and heart emoji as a
caption on the video.
Well done, ladies!