I absolutely love that more and more women nowadays are starting to adopt a different mentality around body image and being beautiful. Growing up I always saw in magazines, it was the women with thigh gaps, a concave stomach, large breasts, and prominent hip bones that were deemed “beautiful”. Now I would just like to add that if this is your body naturally, you are beautiful. However, it is the lengths that girls/women go to, to achieve this look that I do not view as beautiful.
On the other side of things, I can look on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, anywhere really and see posts of strong, healthy women who are embracing that fitness and health win out over being emaciated. I absolutely think this is amazing since I find our idea of what beautiful is has become so skewed over the years.
Beauty lies in the uniqueness of each individual both inside and out.
So with that in mind, I propose to you my idea of beautiful and a goal for myself.
This is Vanessa Redgrave at 74. My goal is to be as independent and active for long as I possibly can, while reaching for optimal health.
“Movement is lotion for the joints.” -The words of my lovely Bikram teacher the other morning.