How Blogging Helped Me Stop Hating My Body

29 March

Top - Joanie Clothing | Pinafore - Joanie Clothing | Boots - Topshop

I'll start this post by telling you a few things about myself.

I'm 5 foot 7.

I'm a UK size 10-12.

I weigh 10 stone.

I used to think I was fat.

Reading that back, it sounds ridiculous. But at the time, and even more often than I'd like to admit now, I really did think that my body was unacceptable. Why?

Because as a young teenager, I read magazines like Heat and Now, which put a big red circle around celebrities' cellulite, like a teacher pointing out a mistake on your homework?

Because as a young woman, the Daily Mail sidebar of shame used the phrase "defiantly flaunting her curves" to imply that a woman was breaking some kind of rule by wearing a bikini if she wasn't perfectly gym-honed?

Because celebrities who were bigger than me claimed to weigh less, which made me question what I actually looked like?

I'm not sure. But I have an inkling that being exposed to media which portrays being super slim as the norm probably didn't help. The average size in the UK is a 16, and yet most female celebrities are much smaller than that. There's nothing odd about being thin, but it's not the only body type out there. However, if you read any media, you might start to think that being bigger than a size 8 is unacceptable.

And you know what? Maybe it's not the most important thing in the world. There's hunger, and terrorism, and bigoted presidents out there. But nothing and nobody should make you feel like your body is wrong.

Then along came blogging. Normal girls, sharing the things they love, posting photos of their outfits to express their style.

Girls with round hips, curvy thighs, non-model proportions.

Girls of every size and shape.

Girls like me.

It made me realise that my body is normal. It's healthy, it carries me around and it does what I need it to do. There's nothing wrong with it just because I have a tiny roll when I sit down.

Because I was seeing celebrities and models on all the media I was consuming, their bodies became the norm to me. But they aren't the norm. They're paid to look like that.

The rise of bloggers has meant that I've finally seen that there is no correct, even standard body. Everybody's body is different. It's meant that I see average women wearing Topshop's new in instead of models, and it's reminded me that I can wear whatever the hell I want, even if the media tells me that it doesn't suit my body shape.

The photo above isn't the most flattering: I'm slouching, my top is bunched up and my legs have definitely looked better. But I loved this outfit, and I wanted to share it.

It's thanks to bloggers that I have the confidence to do so.

What do you think? Has seeing "normal" girls helped you with your confidence? Share your opinions in the comments!

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