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 Thursday Erin shares with us!
What makes your body fabulous?
My body is fabulous because it is reliant, strong, and keeps me grounded. I love that it does wonderful things for other people, like picking up my nephews or giving my boyfriend a hug.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
I love that I’m tall because it makes me feel strong and outside the gender norms for woman. I also love my little waist- it’s feminine and gives me curves.
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
I love wearing short hemlines to show off my nice legs and make me feel sexy. I also love wearing dresses, especially 1950’s inspired patterns, because they show off my waist.
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
It’s always been hard for me to find pants and tops that are long enough. I solved this by usually wearing dresses, skirts, or leggings! Like many women, I also find it difficult to find clothes that are well made and fit my unique body. I’ve solved this problem by beginning to sew my own clothes. That way, I have custom made dresses!
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
The media makes it difficult to appreciate our bodies. Women are portrayed as objects, not real people. Our only value is shown as being how we look, and that must fit a certain standard: thin, big breasts, toned, White or light skinned, blonde hair, etc. How can we accept the bodies we have when we are bombarded with the message that they are not ok?
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
It’s incredibly tough to appreciate our bodies in this society. I’ve had the most success when I’ve focused on what my body can do rather than what it looks like. It can work out, it can love, it can help other people, it can feel good. Also, it helps to listen to the opinions of the people you love. My boyfriend loves my butt, which I’ve always thought was too big! When I had an eating disorder, I finally got as thin as I thought I should be, but my family thought I looked sick. In the end, these bodies we obsess over and try to change and make “perfect” are just bodies. They are here to serve us and they are beautiful because of all that they can do.
Erin is such a sweetheart! I love that she talked about how her body does nice things for others, and how our bodies are just bodies. What one person loves about our bodies, we may hate. Let’s just strive to love it all, every inch!