Your Body Is Fabulous: Jamillah
Every Thursday I feature a lovely lady, bloggers as well as other gorgeous ladies I know or meet, who tell us what makes their bodies fabulous! The purpose is to empower women to to accept and love their bodies’ as they are by showing women with various body types, skin colors, hair textures, and more. All of the things that makes our bodies’ different, make our bodies’ fabulous! This week I have the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite blogger friends with y’all, Jamillah of Made To Travel!!
What makes your body fabulous?
I think my body is fabulous because it is mine! And I own it! While being petite is a challenge I like the charm of being small and I am a lady with hips and a shakeable chest and that makes me feel my body is womanly and I have learned to love all of me.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
I really love my hands. I love them because we have a tradition in my family of hands with long fingers and strong nails so when I look at my hands I see my mom’s and my grandmother’s hands and that warms my heart. It’s probably why I’m so obsessed with fun manis! I also really dig my legs! For no reason except I think they look good from years of running, hence the abundance of short skirts ;). And lastly my lips, they are full and rosy pink from my dad’s side of the family and I think that trait is sexy.
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
I really love loose clothes that have kind of a sexy edge. For me this means over-sized tunics with short hemlines or a shirt that is loose but off the shoulder. Feeling at home in my clothes is really key and I feel sexy in the things I own because I am very at ease in them. I honestly don’t have an idea if they flatter my body in the traditional sense, but really I feel great in them and that’s all that matters to me.
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
I have an insanely short torso. I am mostly legs BUT being 60 inches flat I still fall into the petite category and because of the long legged/short torso problem I have a real hard time finding pants or jeans. Mainstream size is too long and petite is too short. Actually the whole petite clothing department is a challenge. For example to find a petite dress that manages to zip at the chest and fit the rest of my body is really difficult for me!!! I have ladies! And I think the way petite clothing is made does not accommodate for my body because it assumes that you are just little all over which is not the case.
I overcome this by making alterations! I typically shop in the mainstream lines (not petite) because it allows for more options for proportions and fit and then I alter them or get them altered. Something as simple as taking a garment an inch up at the shoulders make a huge huge difference! If you don’t sew, find a tailor! It really changes your life.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
I think the media plays a huge role in body acceptance. For me it’s really frustrating because I think the media has an opportunity to use their influence positively but for the most part the idea that making people feel less about themselves will make them want for something and that will ultimately lead product is still a prevalent strategy in media and I think that is really why there is still the promotion of a very particular kind of image. If more media outlets seized the chance to build up instead of break down people I think it would make a massive difference.
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
Gawsh, I think we all need to think our body is fabulous! I really suffered for so many years with low self esteem especially regarding my body and that time wasted makes me sad. I wasted all that time not appreciating the many blessing my body is and now I don’t want to waste one second! Don’t get me wrong there are days when I feel my body is less than fabulous and on those days I stop myself and say I am blessed to be healthy and breathing and there is no need to make me feel bad about the body that I have. All that energy wasted on thinking that I was ugly or letting a dress size get the better of me is now put towards building myself up and reminding myself that those things don’t matter…my body is fabulous ;).