It seems body image and being proud of what we have is the theme for the week. #PlusSizeWars? #WeAreThey? #ProteinWorld? It is an interesting concept and has me thinking about where I am and where I have been. Am I a sell out for wanting to change my body? If I had the confidence as a young woman that I do following the massive amount of plastic surgery I have had would my life have been different? So many questions that I don’t know the answers to…
But, you have to give Fiona Longmuir and Tara Castello a super shout out on behalf of women everywhere for standing up to the established beauty myth that is perpetrated on us every summer around what makes us as women “beach ready”. The Protein World ad is not unlike every other campaign that gives us that extra shot of insecurity that we didn’t ask for, nor need to further push us into buying into a product or service that will make us “perfect”.
This is where I have to declare a conflict of interest. Because as much as I would like to say “down with the beauty myth!” “We are all beautiful” and the like I have spent much of the last few years exploring every last flaw that exists on my body and researching ways to “fix” it. Where does that leave me in this argument? I firmly believe that nobody should be ashamed of their body. In the summer we should all feel like we can throw on a fabulous swim suit and hit the beach at any size or shape. But, have I ever worn a swim suit in public? That would be a big fat NO! Pardon the pun. It may have been a lack of body positive role models or just my being locked in my own prison of body shame. But, I still struggle with the concept of being happy with my body.
**Image Courtesy of Fiona Longmuir and Tara Castello