You know what I really don't get?
When it comes to which body type is more beautiful - curvy or thin - a lot of people take a definite side, and it's
usually the side their body falls on.
I think that's absolutely stupid.
I know this sounds cheesy, but it really is true: there is more than one type of beautiful, and neither is better than
the other. We were each born a differently, but that doesn't make us any more or less pretty than someone who was born
the other way. It just depends on how you were built.
Picture, if you will, Marilyn Monroe with a 20-inch waist and a surfboard body. It just doesn't work, does it? On the
other hand, what about Audrey Hepburn? Imagine Holly Golightly with wide hips, a big butt and a heavily endowed chest.
It's weird. It's just not her. These two women are arguably the most beautiful to have ever graced the screen, but I
personally would be hardpressed to decide which one takes the crown. I think they're both stunning in their own
, just like everyone else.
Personally, I'm on the Audrey side of the spectrum. I have a very thin, toned, athletic body. I have a set of abs that
I'm seriously proud of - that I have a right to be proud of, no matter who tells me I'm too skinny - and although I'm
not super curvy, I still feel beautiful. I wish all girls could feel like that, but the way society is today, it's not
possible for many people. On the one (and, dare I say it, better known and more criticized) hand, you've got the media
and the way they shove stick-thin models down the faces of ten-year-old girls, telling them that a size zero is the
equivalent of beauty and that nothing else is good enough. However, there's always two sides to a coin. What I believe
(or at least hope) started out as a brave crusade against anorexia has become a culture that puts down skinniness as
though it were an awful disease. I have previously felt personally offended by the idea that being thin makes you bad
or a sell-out. Those feelings, however, helped me to better understand the way curvier girls must feel when they see
page after page and commercial after commercial of nothing but size zero.
This culture of bringing each other down needs to stop. Curvy does not mean obese, and thin does not mean anorexic or
unhealthy. There is more than one type of body, and there is more than one type of beautiful. For every gorgeous girl
who's a size two, there's another gorgeous girl who's a size ten, and vice versa. Don't believe me?
You can't tell me that any one of these women isn't beautiful, and it's got nothing to do with the size of their waist.
Some of them are probably 00s, and some of them put a 36-24-36 figure to shame, and there's many in between. That
doesn't change the fact that they're all very pretty, and so are you. We all are, regardless of body type. There are a
thousand different types of beauty, and everyone fits in somewhere.