Some of you may have seen my recent Bustle experiment: "I Am a Plus-Size Woman Who Wore a Low-Rise Bikini to the Beach and This is What Happened." Toward the end, I write, "The only way to normalize the 'abnormal' is to embrace it." Just because fat people are in the majority in certain parts of the world doesn't mean they're perceived as "normal" or beautiful. And it's ok to be different to those perceptions of normality. Truly, our differences make us special and interesting. But I think if anything different is ever going to receive a certain level of acceptance, we have to consciously try to end the body snark -- even when it's unintentional. In some ways, the fact that it is often unintentional is going to make it far more difficult to combat (because our unawareness is such a serious thing). But personally, I think any little bit of help counts. Eradicating the lies, even the innocent enough ones, will count. Saying, "Yes you're fat, and you're also beautiful, and your fat is part of that beauty," -- that will count.
So why did I include outfit photos? Well, the photographer who shot these (Lucy Cartwright) played around with set-design, lighting and my positioning in a way that I feel created quite a beautiful outcome. Though my own self-esteem and confidence have grown exponentially since the start of this blog, it's still a rare occasion that I say to myself, "Hey Miggle; you're beautiful!" I might think of myself as cute or funny-looking in an endearing way or pretty. But I don't often think "beautiful" in my head. Here, though, I think to myself, "Yep, you're a pretty chunky lady, and that's definitely a big part of your beauty."
Get the Look:
Daisy Plunge Neck Bodysuit in Nude/Boohoo
Polly Scuba Turn Up Tregging in Navy/Boohoo