I became aware of something today that leaves me with the urge to cry and scream. Today I learned that, size six in women’s clothing is now considered a plus size. I have spent the last few years in the happy place of fluctuating between a four and a six. Nothing wrong with that, to be perfectly honest I don’t think there is anything wrong with any size whatsoever. For me this change in regulation (if you can even call it that) makes no difference. I am what I am and nothing is going to change that. But for a lot of people, and you may be one of them, when you read that above sentence your reaction was immediate, you need to drop a size. I am writing this to try to change that reaction. Because when I read that sentence my heart broke for all the girls who are size six and no longer feel good about it. You are more than a number on a pair of pants. You are you, and there is no one better to be than you. Here is a fact, “most runway models meet the body mass index criteria for anorexia.” We want to look like the girls we see in the pictures, but if we try, it could kill us. Here is another little tidbit, “twenty years ago, the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23 percent less.” Models are beautiful, and they serve a beautiful purpose. They are art. They themselves are a person, but we don’t know that person. We observe them in photographs where the photos are an art form, the clothes are an art form, and the model herself is an art form. The models are not the average, but they are whom we see the most. Models are there for us to enjoy, not to compare ourselves too. If you compare yourself you will always fall flat, trust me. Comparison steals joy. We all need to learn how to love ourselves. It is an uphill battle, but one worth every struggle. I want every girl to know without a doubt that she is more than a number. The only way I know for that to happen is to open yourself to God’s love and let him fill the gaps in your heart. In my other posts I have used quotes on beauty, they are all lovely, beautiful, and true; but they focus on beauty. Today I want you to think about your self-worth. I want you to think about how valuable you are. You are here on earth, living and breathing. I want you to be able to hold your head up high secure in the knowledge of your God. Because you are more valuable than you can imagine. “You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb.” (1 Pet. 1:18-19) I want you to think about that. I want you to hold it to your heart. I want it to seep into your marrow, so that in time you will be changed, clothed in dignity and God’s love. You are you, and there is no statement that’s is more true than, besides maybe that Lord God your savior loves you.
January 29, 2012
What Happened to Good Ol’ Size Six???