We are an advocacy group writing on behalf of the curvy voice.
I am a junior at James Madison University and am majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. Growing up in the millennial generation forced me to also grow up with the influences of social media, television, magazines, etc. I remember being as young as 8 years old and already worrying about my body and how I looked to others. I was never considered “skinny” growing up and thought that I was ugly to the world because of it. Constantly looking at Victoria Secret models in magazines, idolizing the beautiful, skinny actresses, and playing with Barbies convinced me that “curvy” women are not considered beautiful. It took up until I was a freshman at college for me to finally become comfortable in my own skin. Through this blog, I am hoping to convince at least one person that they are beautiful no matter what tabloids say and that body type does not define them.
I am a Junior at James Madison University. I am majoring in psychology and aspire to one day become a school psychologist. Growing up, phrases like, “be a man” or “you’re not a man unless you’re (physically) strong” were part of what the millennial generation of males and I grew up with. A such, I grew up thinking that a man needs to look like people such as Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in order to be perceived as manly. Sports was the most prominent think I could remember about what males should look like – large, athletic bodies. I felt insecure due to my weight issues as throughout my childhood, I was considered obese and suffered from chronic asthma. The years went by and I entered high school where I learned of new perceptions about body image – how much hair is on your body, how big your genitals are and whether or not you things like tattoos are what paint the picture of masculinity. I remember girls having posters of GQ Magazine male models and Hollister’s black and white photos of men with bodies sculpted to perfection through years of proper diet and extreme exercise. And then, there was me. I would sit in my chair with a bit of fat hanging over my belt. I was knock-kneed, short and far from strong. At 15, I began working out and saw great results, but then I realized something – you have your own body type and body shape. I realized that very few men are even physically capable of looking like what they see in movies and magazines. My goal is to dig deep into the way “curvy” people see themselves and what they expect themselves to look like.
I am currently a Junior at James Madison University and I am majoring in Computer Information Systems and minoring in Computer Science. Being a part of the millennial generation, I was introduced to the perfect Disney Princess, the in attainable Barbie Dolls, beautiful and flawless magazines models and many more unrealistic bodies. Not until I was pushing the BMI between normal and overweight in middle school did I realize that all of those fake media made girl’s bodies weren’t real and actually many of them were impossible to replicate. Since then, body image advocacy has been close to me. I didn’t feel uncomfortable in middle school being the tallest one in the class, in-proportional, and curves in many areas of my body I was not used to. Therefore, I want to advocate for those curvy girls, who aren’t able to stand for themselves against the harsh, unreal views that media pushes against beauty.