Does your body appeal to everyone? Are you universally the most attractive human on the planet? If so, please stop reading this. You could (if you chose to) pass judgement on others. I bet you don’t though.
I bet you are like EVERYONE else. You have features that others find attractive. Maybe a whole lot of them. Maybe a few. Maybe you don’t even realise what they are! But the thing is, different things and different bodies appeal to different people.
I have a bit of a gripe today. I really want us all to make an undertaking never to use the words ‘gross’ or ‘disgusting’ when we are talking about another woman’s body.
I’ve decided to train towards a ‘figure international’ style body type. It’s a style of bodybuilding.
Yes. I said bodybuilding.
Cue the “EWWWWW”, “Those women are disgusting” or the even more abhorrent “They look like men”.
On stage, pumped-up, tanned-up and at the extremes of their musculature, the women I am inspired by look like this:
These same women in their regular life? These are not BEFORE photos, they are just off stage photos.
These women are fit, active examples of the type of fitness and shape I aspire to. Yet fifty percent of the people I’ve told that I am training for this have referred to this type of body as disgusting, unwomanly and freakish.
You can jump to their defence and say – oh they wouldn’t have meant these women. These women are hot. But what if a woman were more musclular?
What if a woman were much thinner?
Or significantly overweight?
Ask yourself – which of these women deserve to be called disgusting? Or unwomanly?
And you KNOW that the answer is none of them. Do you personally aspire to all of the body types here? No.
But these are people. And you are a person. And none of us are disgusting.
So let’s make an effort to expand our ideas of beauty and acceptance of others hey? For me?
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite ads from M.A.C cosmetics, a photo of the model and the poignant words of the girl band TLC.
You can buy your hair if it won’t grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make-up
that M.AC. can make
But if you can’t look inside you
Find out who am I too
Be in a position to make me feel
So damn unpretty
It’ll make you feel unpretty too