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Everyone keeps insisting that what matters is feeling good on the inside. That works fine up until the point when outside factors pop once in a while to break the entire self-confidence. No matter how confident you are you can’t avoid being influenced by pretty pictures with surreal models in magazines. No denying that for a millisecond you wish you would look like that. There’s a thought: “What if…” and it’s enough.

On the other hand, there are a handful of gorgeous, normal women who recently have been in the spotlight for… well, being who they are. The existance of a so-called “plus size fashion” is a daily reality which was much avaited to make its way in magazines too. Why won’t we skip already the “plus-size” expression and use “normal size” instead? We might be underestimating the power of our own self-esteem. You might have run by now into fashion spreads featuring normal sized women; the biggest promotor of the entire idea must be V Magazine, and this is one of the pictures in the editorial that made infinite rounds on the internet.

photo credit: Nicola Formichetti

I can’t wait to see more of this going on in other magazines too. The phenomenon has reached the point where it should start being seen as normal. Our eyes and minds are way too used to see impossibly silhouettes. There’s no denial there are naturally gorgeous, thin persons; but much too often the lines are crossed and what we end up seing is a deformed reality. It will take time to adjust seing in the pages of magazines what we already see around us. And surely that will make us happier. Why not give ourselves that chance?
Someone, somewhere said something like this and I must give it here as a quote: ”Why would you want to take up less space in the universe?” It is hard to say this, but otherwise we will have to admit what we are buying are not magazines, just pure illusions.

Sweet treats,


  1. It is hard to define the "normal" size. some people are naturally thin, some are curvy. I suppose fashion needs to promote variety and show models with different body shapes as an inspiration for different women. Also, what about short models??

  2. I totally agree with you! People are so different and beautiful each one in their own way, I can't see why is this being narrowed down to one "ideal" figure. About short models, that slipped my mind when I wrote the post, but I do think they should be promoted just like all the other models are. Everyone is a model in their own way, irrespective of so called "standards".

  3. Stumbled on your blog and thought this was a great post. So true. For as much as I try to be happy with what I've got, there is always that little voice in the back of your head that says otherwise.

    I figure the fashion industry has to come around to showing other proportions because how much thinner can the models get? I just hope that variety is part of that change because if we go back to the vava voom hourglass figures, another group of women will still feel bad about themselves.

  4. hey graciela,

    Really appreciate your input! Also, I think it's interesting to think about what would happen if the hourglass figures would come back... The best solution seems to be promoting all kinds of shapes, sizes and heights.


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