A few weeks ago this really disturbing and distressing article appeared in my Facebook feed.
It wasn’t disturbing because of violence, it isn’t distressing because fluffy kittens were suffering. It really upset me because it is a high profile example of how completely the USerican public has bought into the belief that thin is the only thing that matters.
The author, Lauren Fleshman, is a professional runner, and a new mom. She got to walk the runway for NY Fashion Week and has a fantastic picture of herself looking ripped and tan on the runway.
And then she took some other pictures of herself on a regular day when she isn’t in a crazy posture and posted them so people could see that in every day life, even runway models don’t look like runway models. And she wrote a blog about the whole thing. Which she then took weeks to publish, because even she, with an amazing athletic body that has also generated a beautiful tiny human, has body image issues.
Friends convinced her that she really, really needed to share her article, and eventually she did, and the response she got was pretty crazy, so then she wrote the follow up article that sparked my post.
Her body is strong, and healthy and lets her do what is important to her. She gets to inspire others, and she brought a life into the world, and she’s got a body that many of us would kill for, and still, STILL, she has body image problems.
Are you disturbed and distressed now?