Wednesday is known for so many things.
It can be HUMP DAY – one of my favorites.
To a fashionista, it can be What I wore Wednesday.
To a foodie, it is What I ate Wednesday.
To photographers, it can be Wordless Wednesday.
To everyone who wants to celebrate amazing women, it is Woman Crush Wednesday, aka, #WCW!
Last Wednesday, I posted this picture on my Instagram.
This is Misty Copeland and she is my WCW. The hashtag in the photo is #Strengthisbeautiful and I couldn’t agree more. Misty Copeland is proof of that.
Last week, I had a conversation with a friend about body image. I was trying to convince her that because of the way the female body is made, it is almost impossible for a woman to add muscle and bulk up like a man. But there was no changing her mind. She thinks muscle on women makes them look masculine. (posted on my instagram.)
Does Misty look masculine?
Far from it… she is strong, beautiful, and is as girly as you can get, in her ballet slippers.
However, I have seen a lot of Fit Shaming going on all over social media. Fit Shaming is degrading one because they look too fit, or because their workout schedule seems extreme. I have seen people comment on other athletes photos/posts saying,
Looks like a dude…”
Maria Kang caused controversy when she posted…
and she claims she is a victim of fit shaming. I agree.
Body image is always being talked about… I can’t escape it.
Even one of the top songs right now, All About that Bass, by Meghan Trainor is about body image. Honestly, I am soo over this song. Originally the song was promoted as one that embraces positive body image, but recently I have read several articles that argue quite the opposite. The articles claim, the song is guilty of “Skinny Shaming.”
Skinny shaming is the act of degrading or bullying one because they are thin. Our society has labeled thin as beautiful, so one may laugh at the idea of skinny shaming. But skinny shaming is a real thing that is happening. And bullying someone because they are skinny is just as hurtful as bullying someone because they are fat. In Meghan Trainor’s song she talks about skinny bitches, but the shaming continues beyond just this song.
The other day, I came across the article, What a Real Runner Looks Like? The article is written by Runner’s World editor Hannah McGoldrick, who started Run Outfit Of The Day on Instagram. She had a video of her RunOOTD and the comments directed toward the video were not comments about her clothing but rather her body.
“She could use a sandwich.
We don’t want to see thin models.
Why doesn’t Runner’s World show real runners with real bodies?
This girl looks like she weighs 90 pounds.
If you want to read Hannah’s response to the hurtful comments check out the article.
The comments above are real comments and example of skinny shaming. This whole situation annoys me so much. First of all, we don’t really know Hannah, but what we do know is that Hannah is a real runner, who writes for Runner’s World and has run three full marathons. But because we don’t know her, don’t be so quick to comment negative on a person who is only trying to be positive by inspiring others.
Another reason why I am annoyed is because I have always LOVED the RUNNING COMMUNITY. But comments like the ones above, from other runners, disappoints me. I have only seen runners support each other, until now…
My Advice to you…
Whether you do crossfit, run, barre, spin, yoga, lift… Whatever it may be… Do what you love!
Stop focusing on what your body looks like.
Instead start focussing on what your body can do.
Focus on being strong, healthy, and happy.
Stop worrying about the negative comments, because there are many different ways to define beauty, and one’s opinion of what is beautiful may be different than yours.
Oh and please lets stop bullying each other and instead start supporting each other again.
Who is your Woman Crush Wednesday? What is your definition of beautiful?
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