Ever so often in the past year, the picture of French model Tara Lynn (Plus Model) flashes my Facebook attached with this story. A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" (Supposedly fictional sign)
The story goes, a woman answered the following way:
"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "
First of all, I question why use a model, textured and air brushed, to illustrate. Why not a picture of the writer and her family? And my next question is why do we have to compare ourselves to something else? And probably the most maddening, is why the new mode of fashion is to criticize others to feel good about yourself? When we do this, our own insecurity is brilliantly revealed.
As many who have met me, I am the size of a toothpick, others always questioning if I am sick. So, believe me, I get my share of commentary for the other side of the coin. And, yes, my concern for being too thin as a reason for a possible health problem is the real event since I want a healthy body that will take me into my 90's.
However, what happened to just being the best we can be regardless of our size,shape and hair color. The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite childhood stories and I loved my trip to the east coast watching the majestic movements of whales across the ocean.
Is there a problem with that?