A few weeks a go, as part of my Y11 English coursework, I was asked to write a speech. I had three topics to choose from; body image, loss of innocence or sports, so I decided on body image. It was the one topic I thought I could talk about passionately and enjoy writing about. Since, I got a good grade for it, I thought I would take my speech and write it as a blog post for all of you to read.
Firstly, I think it is wrong for models to be published with extreme photoshopping. It creates a false image to women saying that in order to be a successful model on the front cover of a magazine or on a catwalk, you have to have a tiny waist, no spots and a stick thin figure. Every magazine a see there are no plus size or slightly curvy women on the front cover and I think this is because the media doesn't want to accept that it is okay to be bigger than a size 6/8.
I don't see what is wrong with being curvy! If someone is happy the size they are, then why try and change them, judge them and knock their confidence? So what is someone is a size 16! It's non of anyone else's business what size or shape someone is and the media shouldn't promote the "perfect" models being a size 8 with lumps and bumps, when in actual fact, they aren't. They are just like everyone, just an average looking person.
Another thing I wanted to include in this post is about plus size women. There has been a lot of controversy with this topic over the past week as Jamelia Niela Davis spoke to the Loose Women ladies about how "high street shops shouldn't sell items of clothing above a size 18." She admits that she is all for celebrating the way people are, yet she says that plus size women should have to shop in specialist shops. In my opinion, I think she is being quite hypocritical as she is saying how being bigger is fine but they would have to shop in a different place to other "regular" women.
I don't see why people feel the need to comment on something that has nothing to do with them. If someone is a size 6 and healthy then great! But the same goes for a size 18 who is healthy. It is possible to be a bigger size and be healthy, you just have a curvier figure. As long as you do regular exercise and not be lazy, then you can still be healthy and "big." Take model Katie Green, for example. Although she isn't big, she is a size 12 and curvy and size 12 is said to be the average size of a woman, but she lost a contract with Wonderbra because she refused to lose weight!
Overall, I think that curvy and bigger women shouldn't be penalised for being happy the way they are.
What is your opinion on the topic?