Celebrating the Curviness in all of Us
A recent interesting conversation had us discussing what was considered beautiful, we came to somewhat of a conclusion that in American culture skinny model-types are what our culture finds beautiful and in many other cultures around our world women with 'a little bit more' are the picture of beauty.
Well this is somewhat disconcerting for someone like me who can't just pack up and leave and move to a different part of the world where my curves are appreciated by popular culture.
So imagine my shock when I read an interview with an actor named Michael Vartan a handsome cutie, seen in movies like Monster in Law and in the popular TV series Alias, well they were asking him 5 Reasons Women Make Life So Much Sweeter. This was his reason #4 Your Curves are Captivating ~ "I don't get where being rail-thin became attractive. Most guys I know like curves. I've been fortunate enough to work in small rural parts of America and the women there are real women. There is nothing sexier than a woman walking down the street who happens to be overweight but doesn't care and owns it. That's so refreshing and sexy and empowering because its and attitude, a part of her being and soul that can be seen just walking down the street. It's really cool. I love women who have the confidence to be who they are."
After I read that I nearly sang the entire rendition of the Hallelujah chorus not because I feel that Michael Vartan is the voice of reason but rather it was one voice although quiet needs to be heard by millions of women in our culture that are longing for comfort in their curves.
Thank goodness for a hubby who also embraces my curves with a smile( that sounds slightly kinky) well you know what I mean. I can now stand up with a even more confidence and celebrate 'my God -given, cheeseburger enhanced curves' and not be ashamed of all that I am.
Do I hear an Amen ladies (and men)? Continue on in your ventures to better health but enjoy every step along the way knowing that you truly are beautiful no matter what our popular culture may try to tell us. No matter what size you are, be who YOU ARE and celebrate the beauty that comes from inner confidence!!! Now go ahead do your strut.....oh to be a fly on the wall ;) .
**quote in interview from First magazine, August 3,2009