The YBIF series was started as a result of a book I started writing many years ago, “Your Body Is Fabulous: Dress Like It,” because I feel style and fashion is nothing if you don’t love the body you’re dressing. So, 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 the lovely Marie of Mai Musings stops by!
What makes your body fabulous?
My body is fabulous because it’s healthy (relatively), strong and it stops at nothing to let me know when something is wrong.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
My favorite thing about how I look, is my smile. I’ve always liked my smile, but I wanted to close my gaps for years. I finally took the plunge 18mos ago and I’ve never been happier. I can rarely commit to a hairstyle so being committed to getting the smile that I wanted was huge for me. Best money I’ve ever spent.
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
I love wearing dressings and skirts to flatter my legs. I’m a petite woman (5’3), but I’ve got meat on my bones and I like to accentuate my big legs.
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
I have two main issues when buying clothes. I have a small bust and strapless and low cut dresses are not my friend unless there is some elasticity in the bust area. My waist and hip ratio is a little out of whack too, so I struggle to find skirts, pants and shorts that fit the hips but don’t gape at the waist. I try to buy A line cut dresses or I do a quick measurement, which consists of me holding up the waist around my neck. Supposedly our waists are twice the size of our necks (I hate trying clothes on in the store, too much of a hassle). Until I learn to sew, I’m out of luck.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
I think the media is the main ‘machine’ behind our body acceptance woes. We’re inundated with unrealistic images of “perfect” read (white, skinny, straight blond hair) women all day, everyday via tv shows, billboards, the runway and our favorite magazines. The message is loud and clear; if you try to look like this woman, you too will be happy, rich, popular, carefree and you’ll be able to fit into our clothes!
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
I think it starts from childhood. We have to see positive healthy women who make healthy choices set that example and reaffirm our beauty and worth in addition to our minds. Body acceptance starts within. You have to love yourself and feel good about yourself first. Then, and only then will that translate into a positive body image.
I couldn’t agree with Marie more, body acceptance starts at childhood! So, if you have a daughter, niece, sister, be sure to let her know she is beautiful, smart, and everything she is meant to be on a regular basis. Though I went through a lengthy spell with self-esteem issues, it was the words of encouragement and beauty told to me as a child that helped me become the self-loving woman I am today!
Do tell, what’s at least one thing that makes your body fabulous? :-).