By: Courtney Mina
We plus size women have spent the majority of our lives hiding away, feeling insecure and ashamed, always compromising ourselves to fit the mold society has put us in; all because of our “bigger-than-the-norm” bodies. We’ve been through a lot, and suffice to say, it can be a little bit of a struggle to break out of the big-girl-bonds we’ve been put in by society in order to live free, happy, and confident lives. But the world is finally changing, and the world of body positivity and beauty diversity is finally upon us; and there’s never been a better time to embrace our size, our bodies, and ourselves.
When it comes to continuing to live everyday as an uncompromising woman, there are a few tips and tricks to remember to help keep you going. Because let’s be real, it’s not always easy, and sometimes we need to give ourselves a little push forward when we feel ourselves reverting back to our “old ways.” In the wise words of Yoda, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” That’s not always straightforward, so let’s go over some things that are important to keep in mind when it comes to being uncompromising everyday:
1. Always remember your worth is not determined by your size.
We’ve been taught that fat=unhealthy, and that unhealthy=shameful in our society, when the truth is that someone’s health simply cannot be determined by their size. And someone’s “health status” is also not a reason to shame someone, either. Your health is your business, and no matter where you happen to be on the large spectrum of health, it doesn’t matter. You still have a right to be a natural, beautiful you, regardless of what the scale says.
2. Being plus size is its own unique form of beauty.
While it may not be the “conventional” type of beauty, being plus size is not only beautiful and alluring, but sexy as well. People are made in all colours, shapes and sizes, and there is so much to enjoy, celebrate and flaunt when it comes to being a bigger woman. We are soft, feminine, and full of beautiful curves, and there are so many amazing men and women in this world who feel the exact same way. Not only are you unique and beautiful just the way you are, but you’re also fabulous just the way you are.
3. Remember that times have changed.
Gone are the days where we were forced to hide away, when clothing options were at an all-time low, and there was no real place for plus size women to feel proud and confident in the world. Today, plus size women everywhere have a voice, and we are being not only heard, but seen as well. We can wear, do, and feel anything and everything other women do. We are equals. We have a proud, strong, powerful community behind us, always providing support. If you find other plus size women beautiful and inspiring, you can apply the same feelings to yourself. Always remember that you are the queen of your own life. You are one of us, and WE, girl, are fabulous.
By: Courtney Mina