Now if I say "what isn't a real woman?" you will probably all answer "not what we see in magazines everyday!" or at least what they are trying to portray in these magazines.
Last week I described my most inspiring woman and it had far more to do with her personality than with her look and this week I would like to talk about "look".
Look is something that we are all attached to, some more than others I give you this, but if we are truly honest we all want to look good and we all have ideas of what it should be like "to look good".
Now this is the scary bit…
As human being we form some of our values and beliefs based on what we hear, feel and see.
So imagine now: You are a young girl who constantly sees girls described as beautiful because they have long peroxide hair, legs no thicker than matchsticks and bones sticking out everywhere.
Imagine that you hear regularly that these girls are attractive, beautiful and successful.
Imagine now how a young girl would feel if she doesn’t fit in that image. Her teenage years might not be too kind to her and her puberty might give her curves that she doesn’t really want.
What if she hears friends or family telling her that she needs to improve her look based on these magazine standards.
What do you think will happen to this lovely, gorgeous, young girl? Confidence crash? Surely. Psychological damages? Maybe. Health problems or eating disorder? Highly likely.
What is very dangerous in our society is that no-one highlights the fact that the photos they see everyday are being edited, that the designers hire the skinny models because everything fits much better on a “hanger” than on curves (without being disrespectful to the models of course). They don’t know that these designers are far more interested in showcasing their art and if they could have fake mannequin walking a catwalk they would.
It is time that we show these young ladies that it is ok to be bigger than the models they see in magazines or on catwalks. That you can be size 14 and glam!
This is why we should see more campaigns and magazines like essentials Magazine involved in promoting the glamorous and healthy rather than the skinny and ill-looking!
So if you want to show off for being a REAL woman, get in touch with essentials Magazine!
Calling all real women - whatever your size, shape, height, or age essentials magazine needs you! If you would like to appear in a glossy women’s lifestyle magazine this is your chance to shine! Simply visit www.goodtoknow.co.uk/essentials for further details on how to enter, and follow the campaign on our Facebook and Twitter pages…we can't wait to hear from you.