The English and the (real) Female Body: A love affair
Posted on May 1, 2010 by yankeebean
When I first came to England I was 16 years old and I was a US size 18 (UK 16). I moved from an affluent area where a US size 8 (UK 10) was considered fat and all the popular kids looked like Abercrombie and Fitch models. (Seriously – I once heard a group of girls gossiping scandalously about a ‘friend’ of theirs that was a size 8. There was much gasping and OMG-ing going on…).
UK 18 and UK 20 are the same size – but they felt a world apart. My size went from being taboo to being faboo in the time it took me to fly across the ocean. It was AWESOME… and bloody good timing as a 16 year old
It’s the norm in the UK to show bodies of all shapes and sizes in the media. Literally, ALL shapes and sizes. The UK has a love affair with the real female body and I LOVE IT.
I’m not going to talk about health – I know there are health factors blah blah blah, but I’m not a health guru and that’s not what this is about. But having been heavier in my life, I know for a fact that making people feel badly about themselves is NOT how you get them to start living a healthier lifestyle.
There’s a wonderful glorification of ‘flaunt what you’ve got’ here. Find your best features and spotlight those puppies. Got boobs? Lift and separate . Got legs? Walk the walk. Got arms? Work those guns.
Don’t worry so much about what you don’t have – focus on what you DO have and work work work it. Then revel in the confidence of your best bits.
For evidence, watch an episode of the UK’s ‘How to Look Good Naked‘ – this show always leaves me laughing out loud and beaming with joy. It’s guaranteed to make you feel like a powerful gorgeous saucy-licious woman. I’m always tempted to strip down to the nip and run around after I watch it, much to Mr. Nice Guy’s delight…