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. This week I share with you the amazing Kyla of Blue Collar Catwalk!!
What makes your body fabulous?
I love that I look strong. I’ve always been that way – short, curvy and solid. Even when I was young, people would ask if I was a swimmer or gymnast because of my prominent shoulders (I was neither!). And now, I find that my personal identity has become one with my physical appearance. My big legs remind me of everything I’m capable, whether it be a grueling workout or a particularly bad day, and they’ve become a physical reminder of how I can be emotionally strong as well.
Anything that defines my waist or shows my shoulders and arms. There’s no denying the curves, and I find that I’m far more comfortable and condifent when I where clothes that accent them without constricting them. And in the right environment, I love to bare a little midriff. Scandalous, I know!
My butt and legs sometimes feel impossible to fit into pants. Like, impossible. I try to have patience and not beat myself up when pants or jeans don’t fit. While I know it’s not me, but rather the cut of the clothes, it’s easy to get caught up in the number on the tag. After lots of trial and error, I’ve learned the brands and shapes that work best for my body. When I find a pair of jeans that fit, I scoop them up right away. For pants and trousers, I know that anything with a higher waist and wide leg is going to be best. I’m so thankful that palazzo pants are seeing a comeback!
It’s so hard to be confident in a body that doesn’t fit the norm of what is seen on a daily basis. My body is pretty much the opposite of what is often portrayed in the media as “ideal” – tall, thin, slender. Anything that’s outside of that “ideal” notion gets its own label like “petite,” “curvy,” “athletic,” “plus size,” etc., as though it has to have a different name if it’s going to look different. I wish more women’s bodies were revered for what they can do rather than how they look.
It’s so hard, and it’s one of those things that no one else can do for you. That being said, it’s also one of the most rewarding personal victories you can have. A victory that can impact how you live the rest of your life. And sometimes, a victory that must be won time and time again.