Sports Illustrated Shows Off Its 1st Plus-Sized Model: Problem Is- She Isn’t Plus-Sized
My perfectly perfect twins are now 4 years, 11 months & 6 days old.
OK, take a real good look at this photograph. You will see a very beautiful woman indeed, however, according to the modeling world you are gazing upon a plus-sized model. Yeah, I did a quite a double take myself.
She is supposedly a US size 12 and the average US woman is a size 14, so draw your own conclusions there. Are we calling average women plus-sized and than some?
She doesn’t even look like a true size 12 to me. Maybe it’s her height/ bones/ muscle vs. actual fat ratio. She looks smaller to me. (Unless she has been photoshopped, which never would surprise me.) She is gorgeous, no matter her size. She’s just NOT plus-sized. (Obviously, her weight, unlike typical women, such as myself, all goes to the right places.) Lucky girl!
Is it any wonder our daughters start thinking about appearances so young? If the world sees this woman as overweight, is 80-90% of the population obese then? This woman is under average size for women that I see around me day after day in the ‘real world’. This is beyond scary to me, it is frightening. Referring to this woman as plus-sized makes both girls and women feel insecure about their own weight.
It’s bad enough to see model’s seemingly flawless, airbrushed faces and believe that they are perfect and us normal folks just can’t begin to come close. I always dreamed of looking like any of those models or celebrities. Any of them but who I was – me! Ever since childhood I wanted to change myself in dramatic ways and was jealous of everyone. I was so under-confident, insecure, depressed even angry that God didn’t make me prettier. Is that the way we want to make the youth of America and beyond feel? It is even worse now. (The world I mean.)
My daughter is a rail of a 9 year old and has already made statements regarding her weight to me. She has confided in me about comments from class chums along the way since kindergarten for Pete’s sake. Me, I try and force feed her because she’s too skinny for my liking. Fat cheeks? Jiggly thighs? That is ridiculous! I told her, ”You have to have thighs in order for them to jiggle.” It is just disgusting! Someone also said she has a mustache and a unibrow so she has begged to be waxed for over a year now. She’s a baby! It is SO sad that she has to deal with this. She is gorgeous!
What is our world coming to when babies are being picked on? What used to start in junior high or close at least is now starting before the 1st grade in many cases, and it is something we as parents cannot ignore. I worry already that she doesn’t see herself as the vast majority of the world does, and it is heartbreaking. A sad few bad apples can absolutely ruin the bunch, and I always tell her that those people are jealous and insecure themselves. And boys who pick on you most always like you. It’s that or they are trying to look cool or a combo platter of both. I’ve lived before. It’s hard for kids to grasp this, but it is true.
All else I can do is encourage her and set her straight as best I can, however, we parents can’t stop outside influences from affecting our children, and that is the hardest part. We can only do what we can while they are in our care. We must show them that women like Robyn Lawley are NOT plus-sized, and that Scarlett Johansson isn’t ‘the norm.’ and even she has her flaws when the lights go down and the makeup comes off. Nobody is perfect, but you, you are beautiful and you are special, and no matter what you look like now or 40 years from now, you are much more special than what people can see. Despite any of your physical beauty, on the inside is what makes you who you are, and that will be with you for life, long after skin-deep beauty fades away, as well I know. And to have nothing left thereafter is just plain sad. I’m not saying beautiful people are dumb people at all, but many rely on their looks and when they fade they feel incomplete, less important and very bad about themselves for the rest of their lives, if that is all they ever relied upon.
We are all created equal.
So, I know I went off on my own little tangent here, but it all boils down to the same thing.. self-esteem and the ways of the world – this superficial generation. And this generation is scary! This is NOT plus-sized AT ALL. This should be considered a typical model, not those toothpicks in clothing that they have parading around looking a step away from death. Sorry, but I have never met a one man who would take Twiggy over a curvy Marilyn Monroe type with an actual body! No matter what your size, being happy inside of your own skin is always #1. These images don’t help women feel good about themselves, and they are now affecting younger and younger girls to. And we wonder where eating disorders come from. Been there myself, and with 3 girls under my roof, I will always be watching their eating habits, as my 9 year old is already very ‘picky’ with food. I keep a very close eye on her. (Very sad!)
This is far from sexy. It is sad.
This is under-sized. (Not to mention unhealthy.)
Despite what is written above, I honestly respect the woman, Robyn Lawley, behind the controversy stirring. She is NOT trying to consider herself to be anything other then a model period, with a desire to help others.
“I don’t know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not,” Lawley tells Time. “I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies.”
“I can see the ramifications on young women if their body is similar or larger than mine and they see a ‘plus-size’ label,’ Lawley told Daily Mail Australia. “I just see no reason in any labels really, I just want women [to be] happy with their bodies.”
Earlier this month, Ashley Graham makes history in this Sports Illustrated ad. You go girl! I love this!
This is closer to the average woman. Baby got curves and is rockin’ them in a tiny bikini. I love it because you shouldn’t need be a size 2 to feel this confident about your physical proportions. SI did something right with this one!