Let’s talk body image…

Let’s talk body image…

Size matters, right?

In the sixties we were introduced to the stick thin model, led by Twiggy who first knocked the Marilyns off their pedestal. Then we had the 90’s – the era of the ‘Super Model’ with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, all pushing slimness into the limelight completely isolating other body types. Media can be a dangerous thing that can brainwash society and body image is the perfect example. Now in the 2010’s the booty is taking the stage driven by the Kardashian clan and their speculated plastic asses.

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My point being for decades the media has treated the female body like trends that go in and out of fashion. We’re all just waiting for our body type to be bang on trend – mine for one is a thing of the past dying along with the reign of Twiggy in the sixties. Does this make us all less of a woman if our shape isn’t in fashion?

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The dangerous thing about the whole media attention on the female physique is that we cannot change the shape we are born with. Some of us are apples, some of us are pears along with a whole range of other shaped fruits in the fruit bowl.  We can’t change it as easy as we can our hair or fashion sense. So plastering the world with photoshopped slim models with the perfect proportions or those with the most incredible round bubble butt is creating a domino effect where now 1.25 million people in the UK have eating disorders.

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I’ve met a lot of influencers in my time, be that celeb or social media, and the squeaky smooth perfectly lighted images are not the reality, everyone is just as normal as me and you. So the first thing to do in learning to love yourself is detach the images you see in the media from reality, because they’re not that real.

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Secondly learn your body type – I’m an apple. Which means it is impossible for me to ever have a Kylie Jenner bum because my hips are tiny (30 inches to be precise – childbirth should be a blast) but there’s absolutely nothing I can to do to change it that’s my bone structure I was born with. So there’s no point putting emphasis on that, instead I concentrate on my good points and learn how to dress for my figure.

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Idolising figures in the press is so easily done but make sure you pick a body type that’s similar to your own. Keira Knightly and Jenifer Lopez are two equally beautiful women both with completely different body types, both equally as beautiful. Neither is more or less of a woman. For me my style idols are Olivia Palermo, Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham because we have similar body types and it’s a great way to draw inspiration to dress my figure. For others the Kardashians could be style queens. People always say on my Youtube channel that I can wear anything I want but believe me put me in a pair of nude pedal pushers and you will soon retract that statement.

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Diets. Are. Stupid.

Please every time you think about going on a diet – repeat after me- Diets Are Stupid!

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I can’t tell you the amount of times I’m asked if I eat. It’s such a difficult topic for me to discuss because it’s hard to break the stigma that’s around being slim these days. I’m very naturally the weight I am without trying and it’s hard to live in a world were the first thing people comment on when they see you is your weight. Nine times out of ten all my conversations start with the word skinny. Skinny shaming is as toxic as fat shaming but for some reason skinny shaming is acceptable – on the internet and in real life.

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My slimness isn’t by magic though it’s a consequence of the lifestyle I lead and believe it or not I wasn’t always this way. I eat mostly a raw vegetable and fish diet by choice, I like it. I’m completely addicted to carrot sticks and cashew nuts – call me crazy. I don’t stop eating throughout the day and never touch processed foods unless I’m out – I just don’t like it.

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Process foods also have addictive chemicals in them to make you buy more so actually when you cut them out completely you really don’t want them – crisps are the worst for this. I also turn to exercise when most people turn to food – stress, break-ups, socialising, time of the month, fun. Whether I’m running 5k to destress or going to a gym class with my friends. Disconnecting food with emotion is the best diet you will ever have.

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Starving yourself will teach your brain to store fat so when you do eat it will turn to fat quicker – in layman’s terms. That’s why people who diet find it hard to keep the weight off in the long run. Don’t listen to the media – weight watchers is just awful! There is nothing worse than being told you can’t eat an avocado because it’s fattening. Any media or marketing that tells you to calorie count is trying to make you buy something. I have about 3000 calories a day, which I believe is above average for a woman – all made up of meat, vegetables and grains. Mainly down to the fact I can’t cook and the fussiest eater alive. Even soup I blend myself from natural vegetables. I will probably do a youtube video soon on what I eat in a day if any of you are interested.

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To round up the first of a few fitness instalments on my blog I wanted to talk about gymwear. Spicing up your gymwear wardrobe can work wonders for motivation. Feeling good in your gym kit can spur you on to work out harder! My new favourite brand to shop gymwear is OYOSHO – newly discovered during my Instagram browsing. My full outfit is linked below!


SPORTS BRA: PUMA

LEGGINGS: OYSHO

TRAINERS: NIKE

WATCH: GUESS

JACKET: H&M

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  1. Laura
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    26/01/2019 / 8:25 pm

    Would love to hear from you guys xoxo

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