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How many times have you flipped through a fashion magazine and longed to look like the models displayed on the glossy pages? I dare say too many times to count. As a teenager I would lust after the beautiful faces and perfect bodies and wish I looked like the women in those publications. What I didn’t know then, was that many of those models starved themselves to fit into that perfect modelling role, making their bodies sick and their mental and emotional health even sicker. That and with the magic of photoshopping, those pictures showed a falsity detrimental to women all across the globe.
Thankfully, a light of hope has begun to shine and the fashion industry is starting to realize that “perfect” bodies aren’t the ones we want to see on the runway or in our reading material. People are crying out for better representation of all kinds of body types to prove that beautiful clothing can be worn by anybody.
I love clothing! I have always loved fashion, I just wasn’t able to find good stuff in my size. Now at almost 53, I am living the dream of my youth; to wear beautiful and stylish clothing that make me feel beautiful even though I’m not a size two. I’ve probably gone to the opposite extreme filling my closet with more stuff than I’ll ever wear which of course isn’t good either. Now I have to work on finding a balance. I need to wear what I have and only add every now and then to spruce up for a new season. It’s hard to hold back when you’ve waited for half of your life for flattering styles for a curvy body.
So remember, don’t compare yourself to what you see in the magazines because those pictures aren’t real. You are real and beautiful just the way you are! Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are and what you look like for there is no one else in the world like you. You are unique and special and that is a good thing!
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