While scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook this evening, I saw a lot of horrible comments about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. I will admit, as a young woman struggling with my current body situation, I purposely did not watch it. However, there are all these beautiful women saying how awful these models look and how “disgusting” their bodies are. They say, “Don’t look up to these women because fit is the new sexy and they need some meat on their bones.”
I will admit I am not happy with my current weight. I’m not overweight, but I’m not where I want to be. There was a time in my life that I was underweight, though. And let me tell you, that time was just as difficult as my current situation. I had friends, family, and even teachers make comments about my weight. “Go eat a cheeseburger. What’s wrong with you?!” “That dress makes you look like a bean pole.” “Throwing your lunch away again? You know, there are starving children in Africa.”
Just because I was struggling in a completely different way, people made fun and made cruel, hurtful comments that have stayed with me all these years. That was nine years ago that I was on the edge of anorexia. I was depressed. I always threw away my lunch out of fear of getting fat. My hair was thin. My face was pale. I look back at my pictures and I’m embarrassed, but even more, I’m hurt that no one wanted to help me. All they wanted to do was criticize which in turn led me to go from underweight to overweight within three years.
I look at these beautiful models on TV and I am proud for them. They work hard to keep their bodies clean and healthy like the temple God made it to be. I see nothing “disgusting” about any of them, but I do see so many beautiful and different types of bodies: All bodies that God created.
Whether you are a size 0 or a size 20, God created you in His own image. That makes you beautiful. Staying healthy is a part of protecting the temple He gave us in which to live out our lives, but healthy is different for every woman.
So instead of throwing insults, next time think about what they may be going through. Think about the hours of workouts they put in. Think about the amount of pressure that our culture places on perfection. And think about the way you felt when someone said you were too skinny or too fat. While it may be almost a cliché now, God really does love every woman just the way she is and He finds her beautiful no matter what section she shops in.