"Look, I don’t know about you but I’m so sick of having my body type classified. If we aren’t having our bodies compared to fruits, we’re having them compared to geometric shapes and other things we don’t actually look like. But I’m even more sick of having style websites, magazines and TV shows tell me what clothes I should and shouldn’t wear based on my body type.”
I know I’m not alone in this, but whenever I see fitspo—fitness inspiration—slogans and imagery on Tumblr, Facebook or other social media networks, I start to feel really uncomfortable.
It’s not inherently bad to be inspired to have a healthier lifestyle. For anyone who has struggled with weight or health issues, developing better eating habits and an exercise routine and having a community online to motivate you can be really amazing. So I am not of the belief that fitspo is simply thinspo with abs.
But, for the most part, fitspo seems to be thinspo with abs. And it really gives me the creeps. Here are my top three problems with fitspo.
"Barbie has been the center of controversy since she was invented in 1959. The thin, busty and leggy blonde became a hugely popular toy, but her body shape has been criticized forever because she’s not quite proportional. And by not quite I mean not at all.
In fact, if Barbie were a real-life person, she would be “6 feet tall with a 39″ bust, 18″ waist and 33″ hips.” She would be facing serious medical issues and would basically tip over if she tried to walk on those tiny feet.
Because of the controversies over Barbie’s size, she has changed a bit over the years. But she’s still a seriously disproportionate doll. While a lot of people are trying to show what Barbie would look like as a human, illustrator Nickolay Lamm is trying to depict what Barbie as a doll would look like if she were proportionate.”
So last summer I went to to Hawaii with my family. I spent the entire summer daydreaming about wearing a sexy swimsuit and strutting up and down the beaches of Maui, as it would be my first time going. But when I got there, I hid under a cover-up for the majority of the trip, afraid of my body. I didn’t want to be judged for each stretch mark, each bump, each un-flat surface that people would see. Today’s goal was to take a photo of myself in the same attire, finding ways to rejoice in my beauty when I couldn’t only one year ago. Not gonna lie, I kind of love these <3.