I am real.

by jennine on October 15, 2009

real jennine

Yes, I am real.. a real person behind these pixels.

This morning I was eating my regular oatmeal and checking emails… I came across one whose subject said “Real Women Model Search.” and in the body of the email ‘You may want to inform your readers that [insert retailer here] plus-size clothing is looking for the new face of their upcoming campaign through their real women model search.”

So basically, just because you are ‘real’ that instantly means you are plus size?

As sick as I am of the size zero debate, campaigns are sprouting up to say they are ‘doing something about it’ by merely featuring plus size women shouldn’t be the answer. Why does the media have to immediately go to the other end of the scale? Sexy headlines. Mark Fast wanted to show women that they didn’t have to have the figure of a telephone pole to look good in  his dresses so he sent UK size 12-14 models down the runway along regular size models. Karl Lagerfield (a man with his own body issues) says no No one wants to see curvy women.” And now German magazine Brigitte (granted it’s a lifestyle magazine) is banning professional models all together and using their own readers to model instead. It seems that they have no interest in promoting public health, but only in sensationalizing an already personal battle.

It took me a long time to get comfortable with my body, so long, I’m not really sure if I want to say I’ve actually achieved ‘comfort’. But I’m more comfortable than I was a few years ago. Counting every calorie, measuring out my food, weighing myself every day, going to the gym more than a normal person should. Then to the other extreme, eating loads of crappy food and not exercising at all. Right now I’m at a place where I go to the gym, but I don’t kill myself there, and I pretty much eat what I want, and though ‘eating what I want’ means a well balanced diet. Even though it does not make me a size 2, that’s ok.

I’m not sure if my own body issues had anything to do with the media, or if they had more to do with my environment, or my own personal quest to fix what was wrong on the inside by focusing on how I looked on the outside. Comparing myself to actual models never seemed like a logical thing to do. So can media can fix this one? Health can’t be indicated by someone’s dress size, we’re all more complicated creatures than that. But maybe they can start by edging a little closer to medically determined ‘healthy’ body weights.

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e October 18, 2009 at 9:31 am

well put!
by most standards i am considered “thin” but i can point out something “wrong” about just about every part of my body. the idea that “real women have curves” is meant to be a positive message, but for someone as uncurvy as myself it sends the message that i need to pad my bras or get implants to be a “real” woman. i am looking forward to a new way of thinking, where we put health (and we can be a healthy at many sizes) first.

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