I’ve always struggled with body image issues. The environment around me growing up included seeing only stick-thin celebrities and that one plus-size celebrity to have “diversity.” I thought a skinny-as-a-rail model was the normal “look.” And that stuck with me, until college. I never saw any “fat” princesses in the movies. I never saw any actresses or singers with an ounce of body fat. I wasn’t seeing my body type on the TV/movie screen and it made me feel out of place, different. I felt alone. I felt weird. I felt judged by the skinny girls and the attractive guys who I thought only liked hot, skinny girls.
Flash forward to 2018…
Now all the media is talking about is “body positivity.” We have plus-size models to look up to who are posing on the front cover of Maxim. We have plus-size singers and actresses preaching about not giving a damn about what people think of you — only if you’re famous and have a million Instagram followers. We see skinny-as-a-rail models preaching to love your body and do not care about that little ounce of fat on one part of your thigh. We’re seeing models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner admitting they suffer from body image issues and that it’s okay to worry about your body. No offense Kendall and Gigi, but I don’t see how someone so skinny and with a “perfect” body can tell me to love myself. I’m sorry, I just can’t relate to a model who works out six times a day and only eats vegetables. Sorry, sometimes I skip the gym and eat a crepe instead.
Amy Schumer’s new movie, “I Feel Pretty” is a movie FINALLY explaining the thought process of an average girl with self-esteem issues. Wait a minute, notice the keyword: AVERAGE.
*Disclaimer: I’m not giving a plotline or spoilers of this movie, you can go see it for yourself.
“I Feel Pretty”
The movie depicts Renee Bennett, a woman in NYC who thinks she’s too fat for anyone to like or care about her. Then, she hits her head in SoulCycle surrounded by perfect, skinny Instagram models, falls into a deep sleep, and wakes up magically feeling beautiful — even though nothing on the outside has changed. See, Renee didn’t have to change anything on the outside. She looked at herself in the mirror and saw something different. Instead of seeing her “fat” on her arms, she saw beautiful, toned arms that you only see on Victoria’s Secret models. Instead of seeing an average Renee, Renee saw a vibrant, confident young woman and she was ready to take on the world.
And she did. She landed her dream job at a fashion magazine, got a hot new BF, and became friends with her dream boss. She might have lost herself along the way but hey, that’s what happens in movies. You gotta add some dramatics here and there.
But here’s the point. It’s 2018 and we finally got a movie that average girls can look up to. It’s 2018 and I finally get to see someone with my body type on the movie screen in a real, serious role that isn’t just given because of a “political” decision. It’s 2018 and we finally have a movie where the actress isn’t a size 00 or plus-sized. The actress is just…average and that’s something to celebrate.
God created you, so stand tall.
Amy Schumer isn’t the only role model a girl like me can have. If you turn to the Word, God made the first woman, Eve. In fact, he made Eve out of the first man, Adam!
“And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.” –Genesis 2:22-23
Just like what Renee realized when she looked at herself in the mirror, God doesn’t care what you look like on the outside. He created you to be like Him and spread his Word. He didn’t create you to get the optimum amount of likes on Instagram, land the hot guy in your Econ class, or have everyone drooling over your latest outfit.
No, he created you to stand tall and not be afraid of the world.