Beach Body Ready

http://mashable.com/2015/04/28/language-worldview/

Have you seen this?

This is fucking awesome and proves just how far our thinking has come.

There is an ad in London advertising some magical weight loss potion protein thingy.

You know, magic beans.

Anyway it has a photo of a ‘perfect’ model and says, Are you beach body ready? Encouraging people to take the potion to become like her so that they are then ready/acceptable to be on the beach.

The response to which has been an overwhelming, fuck off, everybody is beach ready! We are awesome as we are.

They have been defaced and protested. There’s a petition with 40,000 signatures, it’s all over twitter, facebook etc. It’s blowing up.

This is great.

What is not great, is the proteinworld response. The model is an acceptable weight, everyone should have goals to be fit and look good etc. I mean seriously you have to read them to believe them.

Though really, what do you expect from an industry that survives by lowering people’s self esteem and generally telling them they are not good enough.

In case you havent got the message yet, you are.

In the words of my gorgeous friend Joy, “I don’t know any average women. All the women I know are beautiful talented and awesome.”

Indeed.

Before and After.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31638187?ocid=socialflow_facebook

This is an interesting article about before and after shots.

Makes me think of all the times I’ve seen an unflattering photo of myself. I once saw a photo of myself that actually made me go into extreme dieting/paleo lifestyle regimes. Yes, I was probably a little heavier than I would have been if I had been upholding a ‘healthy’ lifestyle. Was I so unhealthy I needed to stop eating dairy, carbohydrates, grains (W.T.F) etc? Hell no.

Anyway my point is, a photograph really can be just a matter of a bad angle, or a bad posture/pose. Try taking some photos of yourself in different poses or even looking into the mirror this way. I guarantee you can make yourself look pretty freaking fabulous. (Go on, keep stretching) But here’s the secret, you are already pretty freaking fabulous. Just the way you are. (Right Bridget) This is the equivalent of putting on red lipstick and instantly feeling 500 times more awesome.

Before and after photos be damned.

Now when I see a bad photograph of myself I don’t think, Oh my gawd, I’m so fat, I need to only eat steak, and ban potatoes for life (Again W.T.F) And also, what is steak without potatoes?

I just think, Geeze that must have been a really unflattering angle. Or hmm must remember to murder that photographer. You know, like a calm rational thinking person….

I might even have a chuckle and allow it on facebook. Maybe….