Beauty | Body image is more than a number
Being beautiful has nothing to do with a number. It might seem like it when you look through beauty and fashion magazines, because to these people the number "0" is so beautiful and so is the numbers below "25". By that I mean, you have to be a tiny, preferably 18 year old girl with zero backbone.
You might think I am just saying this because I am way past zero and also past 25, but that really has nothing to do with it. I look around and it scares the living daylight out of me when I see a mom, telling her young daughter (or son) that she can't have that piece of candy or cake, because she will get fat. Projecting much?!
If we, as a society, keep telling young girls (and boys) that you have to be skinny to be beautiful, we will loose them. I was never a skinny kid, I know what you are thinking right now. and No! I am not just writing this because I feel bad about myself and my body type. Skinny or chubby I was a happy kid who never in my childhood thought or was reminded that I was not "perfect". Of course I was called names ones in awhile, but never truly bullied.
The other day I was watching Pitch Perfect, with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson; I remember thinking how happy it made me feel to see a "new" type of body image on screen, and here I am not thinking of the little tiny cutie Anna, but the not so Hollywood typical Rebel Wilson.
Rebel Wilson, not just Fat Amy
After watching, I googled her, and I found this particular picture.
I was a bit stunned, because underneath the "skinny version" of Rebel, was the words "Rebel Wilson is so SKINNY NOW and Looks Gorgeous", like she wasn't beautiful before. She was photoshopped to fit an advertisement. An advertisement that totally took away her charm and her power in her self.
Why would anyone even do this? are you really that scared of looking different and not fitting (excuse the word) the mould of perfection?
Rebel Wilson plays the part of (Fat) Amy, but she is not just fat, she is freaking fabulous and knows how to rock her curvy shape. When you see her on the red carpet, it is very rare that you see her covered up (in a tent-like dress) and why should she? She is having fun with fashion, just like any size should.
Parents! Please listen
I really hope that parents out there start changing their behaviour around their kids. Kids should always be kids. Big boned or scrawny you should love them regardless, and you should teach them to love themselves too, even if they don't look like the magazines or anyone else, because body image is more than a number.
How do you feel about this type of edit that happened to Rebel Wilson? let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and thank you for reading :)