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Oct 26, 2011

Fabulous Curves for Fabulous You!

"CET ÉTÉ VEUX-TU ÊTRE SIRÈNE OU BALEINE?"

Anyone knows what that means?
It's a small sentence with big impact - happened in 2009.
Something that went down like this...

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Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said:

"THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?"

A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern,

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans).

They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia.

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist.

If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human?

They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they do not have kids either.

Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl whose skin is all scaly and smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me... I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy a treat with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a have a latte with my friends.

With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, "Good gosh, look how smart I am"!

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Personally, set aside this wonderful letter, I don't agree on being a mermaid OR being a whale.
It's just too... EXAGGERATING! and WHY on earth do we need to choose? Should we became a victim of whatever industry?

Mermaids are pretty and mesmerizing creatures, but they just don't exist. I don't want to spend my existence in this world just to be a myth!

Whale are beautiful in their own way too. But the size of a whale has been made as jokes for years..
Remember this one?
How do you turn a woman into a whale? ... You marry her!
HA! Not funny!

Unfortunately, women are stuck in a world where SIZE is a ongoing commodity.BIG in one country can be considered small in another country - all depends on where you live on the globe. From general aesthetic point of view that is shaped in our current culture, a woman should have just the right proportion and curves. Not too thin, and not too fat.

Let's be grateful that the fashion industry is banning those super-skinny models from international catwalk and appreciating more of healthy/fit up till plus-size models with real curves. Health departments (esp. from big countries) are also very concern about those who are obese - all thanks to the fast food industry and consumerism. Both brings such disturbing images - never a good example for our younger generations.

Nevertheless... how thin or fat you may be, be happy and healthy.
So.. Girls, are you happy with you CURVES? ;)

7 comments:

  1. completly agree!! models on stage should not be toothpicks walking down the cat walk.. i find that quiet disturbing.. not that there is anything wrong with the girls doing it - as i believe their "managers" or what not are forcing them to get that skinny! although, i myself am fine with my body and all i do wish to loss some pounds (but not exagerating pounds!)

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    1. yeah, i agree.. not when they look natural, but when they have all bones sticking out i think 'bizarre..'
      tbh I understand the fashion industry taking on stick girls and don't have anything against them for it... stick girls dont get in the way of their clothing and therefore it will sell for all body shapes (so from a profit perspective it's good). the problem with it is that it's given everyone an 'ideal' that is unrealistic, and made women turn sour against one another!

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  2. Thanks ox.panda! :)

    I am too, happy with myself.
    Just need to be a lil bit fitter, and maybe eat healthier hehe..

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  3. lmao i love the 'HA NOT FUNNY' ;P
    yeah agree with this, and with you saying they're too exaggerated. the one bit i don't like about that letter is the bit that implies that you're not 'right' as a woman if you don't have children :S

    i read an account of a 'plus size' model a few weeks ago. She was size 16 UK (12 US), and said that when she was approached by the agency, she was a size 12 (UK) and was offered a contract, but only if she either lost 2 dress sizes (8) or gained 2 (16). She said that she knew her body wasn't supposed to be smaller, so she gained and feels confident about her body bla bla bla... but it bothered me that she wasn't being offered a contract for the size she already is.... there's either 'skinny' or 'plus-size' (aka the 'whales'!) and anything in between doesn't deserve it's own 'group'? why are we grouped anyway!!

    /rant lol. tbh i don't know if i'm happy with my curves... I used to be a stick, and then got happy in life and gained. Looks like its one or the other for me tbh..

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