Celebrating women’s bodies.

The September issue of a magazine called ‘Women’s Health UK’ features a spread in which various people, sportswomen and celebrities (famous for being famous) celebrate their bodies while posing nude.

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The entire piece is under the umbrella of women being body confident and I have to say that it’s nice to see one or two who don’t subscribe to the usual depiction of ‘perfect’. Regardless of shape or size, we -men and women- are all perfect, and this is a message that needs to be got across more in the media.

The same beauty myth peddled by the media also exists, a lot of the time, in SL, with avatars minded or persuaded to be ‘beautiful’ within the strict confines of a health & beauty industry lie.

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The only one of my SL friends who bucks this trend is Zof, who confesses that she’s ‘big boned’ in RL and, having tried subscribing to a thin her in SL found it was ‘living a lie’.

‘Like me for who I am, not what I look like’ is what she says in RL, and found that it’s the only way to live her SL. ‘Why friend someone who is projecting some unrealistic ideal onto your avatar. I would be being false. I decided to adopt an avatar that reflects my true size and shape. If people don’t like that, don’t want to talk or be friends, it’s fine by me. As a result I think I’ve got a very real set of SL friends’.

Ella

 

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