I realise that I am certainly not the first blogger to post about self image, nor will I be the last. But I feel like it's such an important issue - not just in the blogging community, but everywhere.
Confidence and self image is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. I can distinctly recall being in first school, and a boy who I'd never spoken to in my life called me "fat." Then in high school, where another boy who I had the pleasure of being seated with in almost all of my lessons branded me "fat" pretty much every day. It's not funny. It shouldn't make you feel better about yourself. This is someone's body. A body they have for the entire duration of their lives. A person's body should be appreciated, not disrespected.
One factor I think plays a major part in how society feels towards body image is the media. It doesn't matter where you go, there will be images of photoshopped women (and men!). Magazines, television, movies, billboards, advertisements, catalogues.
The problem is, we're all aware that these images aren't real. Some are edited within an inch of their life. Yet we still put ourselves down and strive to achieve to look like the celebrities or models on the cover of a magazine. Do you know a woman who doesn't have an inch of cellulite on her body? I certainly don't. The media needs to portray women in a more realistic light. Editing out a few spots? Fine by me. However morphing away the shape of a woman's body to make them appear slimmer, more toned, more "ideal?" Not cool.
Being honest, I'm not 100% happy with my body. I have days (particular in changing rooms when I'm shopping) where I get so fed up and reduce myself to tears over how big I think I look. I know that I shouldn't do that. You shouldn't do that. Shopping for clothes should be enjoyed, not torturous. But yet it still happens. As long as your body functions as it should, you shouldn't have to be told "you need to lose weight," "you need to put on weight," or this, that and the other.
One thing I love about the blogging community though, is how diverse the people behind the computers are in appearance. There is no one I have encountered thus far in my short blogging life that hasn't been mind-blowingly beautiful. In their own way. You don't have to be Miranda Kerr to be considered beautiful. Because everyone has flaws, but we wouldn't be human without them.