I challenge my years of learned self-doubt by filling my Instagram stream with plus size models.
Size 12, size 20, size 22+?
They’re all in there.
[Just as an aside, I also follow mainstream beauties like Swimsuit Illustrated, Kate Upton, and Heidi Klum.]
They’re all beautiful women showing off their womanly bodies which don’t adhere to mainstream body guidelines.
And of course, I found this little song which is a like an earworm, it just can’t be unheard once you hear it:
“Big girl, you are beautiful.”
Not a bad chorus to have bouncing around in your head.
Why just yesterday in a fit of body confidence I slipped into a new Little Black Dress and went out with my friend Big Joe to get beers in Campbell at Out Of The Barrel.
Heels, wrap, big hair, LBD – the whole shebang.
Let people look, I figured.
In the end, no one died because I felt good about my non-mainstream body shape.
Although it certainly does feel like the world is coming to an end when you’re in the middle of a pandemic AND firestorm.
The whole time I was singing in my head, “Big girl, you ARE beautiful!”