30 Women in 30 Days – Day 14

When I started this blog series two weeks ago I felt rebellious toward the “perfect woman” image that permeates the media and the fashion industry. It’s an absurd image that few woman can achieve, yet so many aspire to it.

If we’re curvy we’re too fat to measure up to society’s standardized version of beauty…extreme thinness.  Consequently we often end up hating our bodies.

Excessive exercising, extreme dieting and overuse of diet pills and laxatives to lose weight are warning signs that a person could be anorexic.

How thin is thin enough?

Fashion model Ana Carolina Reston died from complications of anorexia in 2005 at the age of 21.

She weighed 88 pounds when she died.

You can see this young woman’s anorexia progress over time until her death.  To me this is not beauty.  It’s extreme malnutrition and starvation. The fact that she was still getting runway modeling jobs shortly before her death is tragic.  It says a lot about the type of body the fashion industry holds in esteem.

Do you ever ask yourself…

Q. If I’m thinner will I be beautiful?

A. You don’t need to be thinner. You’re already beautiful.

Q. If I’m thinner will I be sexier?

A. You don’t need to be thinner to be sexy.  Curves are sexy.

Q. If I’m thinner will I be happy?

A. You don’t need to be thinner to be happy.  You’ll be happier when you learn to love yourself.

Curvy is beautiful!

About Karmic Diva

I'm a song in the key of life, a work in progress, a diamond in the rough. I write, scribble, babble and doodle endlessly. I'm here to love and learn. -Karmic Diva-

Posted on December 13, 2012, in Art, Health, Photography, Reality, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I suspect it isn’t what we weigh, but what we eat, and why.

    From a guy’s perspective, it’s a woman’s imperfections that make her real and beautiful. And we certainly desire that.

  2. Jesus. Thanks, Diva, for tackling such important matters.

  3. This is a great post, Karm! You know, the media has a lot to answer for. It just seems to put people under so much pressure to be one thing or the other. Thank you for being so motivating, as always! :)

  4. Very well said… From a guy’s perspective, we really dont see what the woman looks like… Its about how they carry themselves… Really sad to read about her few years ago and to come across this post… :(

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