this past sunday was the nfl superbowl. for those of you who follow me and are not from the united states, this is the largest american football game of the year. it’s essentially the world cup, for the united states’ football league.
for americans, the super bowl is a chance to gather with friends, eat some junk food, and watch one of the year’s most expensive televised events.
as a woman, i don’t know much about football. i’ll be the first to admit that. i also don’t care about the game very much. i’ll also be the first to admit that.
i know what you’re thinking: you promised me a blog about eating disorder recovery. why are you boring me with football?
patience, young grasshopper.
in the middle of the game, there is always a halftime show. a major artist, or group, performs for twenty minutes and gives the viewing audience a concert, while the players take a rest.
this year i was particularly excited for the guest performer. she is currently one of the music industry’s most successful artists and is a true musician.
sometimes one word just sums everything up.
i’m not here to talk about her performance (which was amazing.) i’m not here to talk about her dancing (which was spot on.)
i’m here to talk about her image.
that night, beyoncé took the stage wearing a form-fitting, black lace leotard. as she hit her beginning pose, the entire world got a glimpse of her curvy, healthy figure.
what made beynoncé’s performance stand out to me? the comments on social media. twitter was filled with comments
regarding her beauty, her full thighs, her curves, her butt and her confidence.
how many of you would feel comfortable getting up in front of millions in such a revealing outfit? i know i wouldn’t.
that’s what makes her a fantastic role model to all women; she is not afraid of not conforming to society’s view of beauty.
in the 1950s, marilyn monroe was considered to be one of the most beautiful women, who ever lived. women wanted to be her, men wanted to date her… why do you think that was?
her confidence. her fearlessness to show her true colors and be proud of every curve on her body.
in hollywood, only one body type is showcased as beautiful. women with high cheekbones, full busts, toned arms, small flat waists, sculpted behinds and size 0 pants are “socially acceptable.”
so what does that mean for the rest of us?
by society’s definition, that would make beyoncé ugly because she doesn’t fit every category.
well if that’s the case, then society’s on crack.
beyoncé, marilyn monroe and so many other famous women have proved beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
if both men and women were able to see beyoncé’s beauty last sunday, what’s stopping you from seeing yours?
i know it’s hard. i’ve struggled for over five years with the concept that i can in fact be beautiful. but it can be done.
you have to allow yourself to see the good in you. that’s the first step. i promise, other people see you as perfection everyday.
so embrace your thighs. love your stomach. be thankful you have curves.
because somewhere out there: a woman is wishing she looked just like you.