I woke up this morning with a very positive feeling (don’t ask me why) but I thought I’d embrace this positivity and write a blog post. For a while now I have been wanting to write some more thoughtful posts. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good review, OOTD and empties post but I want to branch out. I thought I’d start with a topic that is close to my heart, and that is the idea of “being skinny”.
I have never been an extremely unlucky child, I have a good family and supportive friends, but nevertheless just like most people in the world, during my early teens I had problems with my appearance, self-esteem and happiness. I never loved how I looked and I always worried about the clothes I was wearing, and even now there are moments when I hesitate to wear something for fear of being judged, thought now I know it isn’t about what you wear, it’s how you feel in it that matters.
However, I also rarely ever felt like I was fat. I wanted to make this clear because of the ever increasing level of anxiety around calling someone fat. I am not at all claiming that it isn’t rude and unnecessary to comment on someone being overweight, but as someone who shall never be curvy and sexy in that way, I feel it is my duty to protect those like me. I am happy in my body in most ways now, but as the media becomes more and more harsh and more and more focused on praising larger body types for fear of being seen as discriminatory, I worry that those who have less curvy shapes shall be side-lined and feel not beautiful or even ugly.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that it is just as hurtful to call a petite-framed person skinny or ‘too thin’ as it is to call a curvier person fat. I have spent the majority of my life as a pretty slim person, but that does not make me weak, ill or insecure. Thanks to my dad’s side of the family, I have a very fast metabolism therefore I can, and I need to eat large amounts of carbohydrates without gaining weight.
I am a strong person, and I hope that I will continue to be happy in my body and shall feel like myself in whatever I chose to wear or do. But I do not want others, especially those in their early teens to feel inadequate or not beautiful just because of the stigma surrounding weight.
I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic of “being skinny”, so please comment below as you wish…