Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pretty Naked.

When Domino Mag went away (still sad over that one) they replaced my subscription with Glamour. It didn't seem like the obvious choice for a replacement but whatever I will flip through anything to look at the pictures. LOL When my mag arrived this month I was delighted to see nakee photos! I love thoughtfully done sexy nude photography!

So I hold up the mag and say to Cliff "what do you think of this photo?" (sssshhhh don't tell but I was testing him). He didn't miss a beat and replied "that looks like a pile I want to be in!" Yay he passed! LOL but why wouldn't he think that they are lovely since he is married to me, a curvy girl in her own right!? We went on to further discuss beauty in America and had a really amazing conversation about it. ...And why do these ladies have to be called "plus sized models?" Why can't they be called real women? I guess battles are won one step at a time.

So my questions to you today:
What do you think of this photo?
What do you see when you look at them?
I see 7 confidant women with great boobs, great skin. Healthy women without flat stomachs who are strikingly beautiful. I think the photo is an amazing step towards teaching our daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, ourselves that we are beautiful no matter what size we wear. That not everyone looks like a VS model or Playboy centerfold for that matter. We are women. We are diverse, amazing creatures and we deserve to be comfortable in our own skin because we understand what true beauty is.

And for funZees. I went to delete my spam mail yesterday (6 offers to lengthen my penis and 4 for pain killers--- guess you'd need the pain killers after the penis fiasco) and had to laugh at the featured recipe of Spicy Spam Kabobs. Thank you, Google! That was great!

I hope that you feel beautiful today!


Tammie said...

When I look at that photo I see beautiful women that have still been airbrushed a little. (I refuse to accept that none of them has a single stretch mark, not to mention the missing nipples.) I think that it is absurd to classify them as plus size models. (Plus what size?) By the way, there was a time when some or all of those ladies would have been welcome to pose in Playboy. There was a time when curves were 'in' and they were a matching set along with the ta-tas that men are so fond of. (ie:Jayne Mansfield & Marilyn Monroe.)

Kier's Serendipity said...

I saw this spread and interview on Ellen a couple of weeks ago and thought it very thought provoking at that time as well.

I agree with you--healthy women who have amazing self esteem to be posing nude. It makes me wish I were a little more fearless like that with my body. I have a general less is more theory about it these days when it comes to clothes on it.

Sadly, until almost all magazines out there show "real" women, the standard is not going to change. So many look at those models as "aspirational" when if fact, they are truly unhealthy people. The standard of what we think is pretty needs to change...I have hope that it one day will, but I'm not going to hold my breath on it happening any time soon.

Jamie said...

I love this photo! I think it's super inspiring!!! I JUST NOW posted a blog about making a change starting today. I don't want to be super skinny. I just want to be happy in my own skin. And I WANT to still have curves!!!
I think the definition of "model" and "plus size" definitely needs to change. I read the other day that a size 6 is considered plus size!!! WTF?!?!? I would love to be a size 10!!! We need to bring curves back and rock it!!! ;)

Summer Says... said...

I saw this photo elsewhere and was wowed by it. I think it was a link from an article about one of the women in the spread (she was the woman on page 194 - featured on the Today show). There they stated that plus size modeling started at size 10. That's so ridiculous. Plus size clothes don't even start that small.

I see 7 gorgeous women I would describe as thin. All things are truly relative, huh?

book*addict said...

I had already seen this photo a few days ago on E! News. I liked it because it shows women (young, old, big, small) that beauty comes from within not the outside.
I think these women are beautiful because they KNOW they're beautiful. even the most gorgeous woman in the world can appear to be ugly if she lacks confidence. Either way I've never met anyone (celebrity or not) who's ugly. That word needs to be erased from the dictionary. I mean, think about it. How can pretty have an antonym, when it's such a personal POV. What's pretty to me, may not be pretty to other people.

katy said...

Ho-ho-hold the phone. These are plus-size women?!?!?!?!?! I looked at this photo and the phrase 'plus-size' never entered my mind. I did have rather horrible boob and glossy hair envy, though.

The Sloans said...

Like Katy, I never would have guessed they were plus-sized until I read your description. And also like Katy, I just wish I had boobies as big as theirs! Sadly, mine seem to have gotten smaller since breastfeeding Drew. How is that possible?! My old bras are too big now! :(

I love your comment about the penis enhancers. What's really sad is to think that people must respond to those emails or companies would stop sending them!

Mary said...

I think they are beautiful, real, sexy, fun, courageous, confidant!! You've already said it. Not too concerned about theirs I may beat some of em.

You know, there are times when I could probably complain about little things that my husband has or hasn't done. But, the one thing that he has done consistently since I met him is tell me how much he loves my body just the way it is. I finally get it! I am finally ok with my PLUS SIZE body and all it's so-called flaws. I,too, am anxious for the day when we see all types of women on the cover of magazines. Remember when older models were "in" and now not so much. I just want to see real women, too!

Smoochgirl said...

Beautiful or not, fat is still fat, and in my opinion, not attractive no matter how you candy-coat it. Not saying the women in the photo are unattractive by any means, but why do "curvy" women need to see other curvaceous women in a magazine to feel good about themselves? It's all a matter of who the magazines are marketing to. Certain fashion designers may not make clothing suitable for plus-size women, so why would they use a plus-size model? I've seen plenty of magazines market to all kinds of people, so much so, that I sometimes feel like the minority. For example, parenting magazines that have a bunch of ads with black or hispanic women with daughters. Being a white mom of two boys, I just assume that the company is not selling to me, and therefore I choose not to support them. I can understand the frustration of feeling misrepresented, but disagree that visual propaganda should be used to influence society on a standard notion of what beauty is. Beauty has been and always be in the eye of the beholder.

Sara said...

OK, the first thought that came to my mind is "ew, all those naked girls are touching each other." Photo shoot or not, that would seriously creep me out. That may be just me, though :)

I love the idea of magazines representing more 'real' people. But let's face it, we're probably preaching to the choir here. In my world, I could care less how a fashion designer judges my body, but I'm very interested in how my husband sees it.

And while he loves me in my post-baby size 12 saggy-boobed and bellied body, I'm not sure it's all that attractive to him. OK, I know it's not. Having fashion magazines move more toward reality is a start, but that's not going to influence how the men in our lives see us. I have no idea what the answer IS... but that's what I'm thinking on the topic.

Smoochgirl said...

I saw this the other day and just had to laugh:

This post has compelled me to do a little research on the definition of beauty. I have since lost the links to a couple of interesting articles, but one of the most important things that stood out, was that happy people are more attractive. So how do you exude happiness? S-M-I-L-E! I found the quotes below and thought I'd share. When I'm having one of those days where I feel unattractive, I at least try to wear a smile!

~ A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~
Phyllis Diller

~ People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. ~
Lee Mildon

~ A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~
Charles Gordy

~ All you need to do to be a bit sexier is to smile once in a while!
Peter Andre

~ You're never fully dressed without a smile. ~
Martin Charnin

~ Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. ~
John Ray

Here's to a beautiful, happy day! :)

tracy said...

my comment is this: not even the Playmates or VS models look like their photos in real life. there's *always* a crafty lil photoshop wizard in the background making them look that amazing. :)