I am SO fed up with the celebrity bashing these days. It’s all been centered around weight and body image.
They say Kelly Clarkson is fat.
Giuliana Rancic is too thin.
Pink is fat.
All of these women are way more than their appearance.
Let’s talk about Kelly’s new album, Guiliana’s talk show or Pink’s music. Or let’s talk about LIFE. Kelly just had a baby, Guiliana is on cancer medication and Pink is living a happy life (and looks great, btw.)
I talked last night in my Zumba class about this. I’m fired up about it. Because if these successful women (with unlimited resources) are being told they aren’t good enough, what hope is there for us? Well, I loved their responses.
Kelly Clarkson said on Ellen, “It’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are. Whatever size, and it doesn’t meant that we’re gonna be that forever. That’s the thing. Sometimes we’re more fit. Like especially me, I’m such a creative person that I yo-yo. So sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t, and I’m like … I’d rather have wine.” Amen, sister. We’ve all been there.
She also said, “There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism—that is not me. I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has.”
And I love that. I love the thought that, while my “thing” may not be physical (although who wouldn’t want this booty!?), there is something about each one of us that is special, is desirable. That is the thing we should cling to. That is the thing to be proud of. That is the thing to work on. And while I wish it was my biceps and I wish my arms looked better in tank tops, I’m still gonna wear tanks this summer, no one will die…and my positivity will be what shines for others to see…not my muscular arms. 🙂
And Pink’s response was awesome too. “. . . unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you . . . I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful . . . I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern. Love, cheesecake.”
Thanks for that, Pink. You can be pretty, happy, strong, and not “skinny.”
You know, I feel this pressure sometimes. I mean, I teach Zumba. Every night you can turn on the TV and see rock solid Zumba instructors shaking it on TV.
I’ll never look like that. I don’t know if new students come to class expecting me to. Do they want me to look like that? What do they think when I don’t? Do I want to look like that? Some days. But most days I just want to be happy. And, I say this a lot, find balance. Be healthy, be at peace.
So, let’s give each other, and ourselves, some grace and love. Let’s wear our shorts anyway. No one will die from my thunder thighs. In fact, let’s stop calling them thunder thighs. Let’s compliment those not-perfect bodies in their cute outfits. Let’s empower each other to love our bodies. Let’s wear our swimsuits and our cute dresses. Love ourselves. I hate to say it, but these powerful, successful ladies have to fight it…and we will too. It’s just a poisonous mindset in our society that our worth is tied to our waist size and our muscle tone. But I’m over it. I’m gonna love myself and hope to help someone else do the same.