Body image is a tricky subject for most people and I’m not just talking about women, men have their struggles too. Personally, I feel like there’s too much pressure on people to either be slim or curvy in a sexy way and for those of us that fall into the middle bracket it’s difficult to find inspiration and feel confident about our bodies. The plus size industry is the most successful that it’s ever been and on the other hand, the petite models are pushing back.
For most this is empowering because these strong and confident women are promoting body confidence but I haven’t seen anyone my shape make it as a model. Don’t get me wrong, I love that everyone is so positive about body diversity right now but I do believe that the middle bracket is severely underrepresented. I think that right now is the perfect time for a bit MORE diversity and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the developing industry. These are exciting times for female empowerment and whilst I’m feeling low myself right now, I’m hoping to work on this throughout the rest of 2018.
Currently I’m really struggling on that front because I’m the biggest I’ve ever been and I refuse to buy the dreaded next size up for my jeans. I feel like to buy the next size would be to give up on my own health and settle into this lazy kind of lifestyle. When I was 14 I had issues with mean comments at school, for the most part I brushed them off but I was always self conscious about my thighs. I remember one guy at school, who I will always remember, said that I had legs like tree trunks. It really played on my mind and it increased my insecurity, it’s difficult to feel confident when something like that is always in the back of my mind.
As I’ve put on so much weight recently, this is all being dredged back up and my self-esteem isn’t what it used to be. I’m putting it down to stress because I’m a stress snacker and I know that I haven’t been the best with my eating habits. I’m trying to get back on track but it’s going to take some time; my first step is to eat more healthily but I’m looking into joining the gym again. I know that I enjoy going to the gym and joining classes but it just takes me some time to actually get into the habit of going.
I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on body image if you don’t mind sharing them with me in the comments, I don’t know if this sort of post will be particularly well received but I wanted to add my two cents to this subject!