To me, this is a wonderfully encouraging step in the right direction towards acceptance of different body shapes and sizes. Tess Munster is redefining the benchmark for models, as she is a heavily tattooed, mother of one, size 24 woman. She has curves and a face that are simply divine.
Having said all that, brace yourself for the backlash of this. For some reason, people such as Tess seem to polarize opinion and before you can say hands up if you’re a judgmental ass?, people will be coming out of the woodwork condemning her and her size for being unhealthy, for sending the ‘wrong’ message to young women, for being unattractive etc. A fact that Tess herself seems well versed in:
“Everybody deserves to be happy but for some reason the fact that I happen to be plus size and happy seems to bother people. It’s odd really.”
Odd indeed. One quick glance around our community and it’s not hard to see that our society tends to value and find beauty in slimness, thinness, self-control, self-discipline, fitness, athleticism, petiteness etc. People who don’t fit into that rather rigid paradigm are rarely deemed beautiful by the greater society and are frequently judged very harshly. Perplexingly, people feel quite entitled to take one look at a larger sized person and make numerous assumptions – often health and medical assumptions – accordingly, despite being completely unqualified to do so. Tess has clearly been exposed to that quite extensively throughout her life. To such an extent that she makes this point:
“I understand not everyone understands what I’m about. But to me it’s such a simple concept,” she said. “It’s all about loving your body regardless of your size and chasing your dreams.”
Simply put, she is a beautiful, fit (Yes, FIT!) woman who happens to be a size 24 and is proud of and loves her body. Which is a lot more than millions of smaller sized women everywhere can say. She is miles ahead on the self-acceptance, worth and value curve than most of the population. And that’s worth celebrating.
I wish you all the best Tess and may you hopefully shake up the restricted notion of ‘ideal beauty’ in your own fabulous way.
Have an awesome day. Bye for now, Paula