Vogue Italia recently published a glorious and sexy spread featuring three plus-sized models lounging around in lingerie looking ravishing (images below and here). Instead of celebrating the presence of amazing breasts as people should have, there were protests over the images and their effect on society. It turns out that many people think seeing plus-sized models in magazines will turn people fat.
Now here I was thinking that it was my utter laziness and tendency to consume mass quantities of food that made me fat. I had no idea I could eat all the McCasseroles I wanted as long as I stayed away fromPlus Magazine or any Lane Bryant catalog.
If only someone had told me this earlier. Instead, every diet doctor, fat camp counselor and family member who had a stake in me losing weight told me I had to stop eating and start running, preferably while hating myself. Instead of blaming my eating disorder and cutting addiction on anorexic thin, waif media images, I should have been blaming my excess pounds – the obvious root of my unhappiness – on Rosanne Bar, Oprah Winfrey and Ricky Lake. I did, after all, watch a lot of their shows as a kid and they all are plus-sized (or were in the case of Oprah).
Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is.
Yes, we as a society absorb that which is fed to us in the media, but what is fed to us 99% of the time is an unobtainable image of beauty that is often unhealthy and unnatural, caused by anorexia and drug usage. Yes, like every person who is extremely fat isn’t injecting insulin for diabetes, I realize that every person who is extremely thin isn’t injection heroine for weight loss, but the fact remains that it is just as unhealthy for an overweight person to starve to become thin as it would be for a thin person to gorge to become fatter. Yet we praise starvation in our society and ridicule those who overeat, even if they have as gorgeous and perfectly maintained bodies as these women from the Vogue Italia plus sized shoot……
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