Tess Munster: Gorgeous body image hero

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/tess-munster-makes-modelling-history-showing-at-size-24-one-mould-does-not-fit-all-20150128-12zyl3.html

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Hello ūüôā

To me, this is a wonderfully encouraging step in the right direction towards acceptance of different body shapes and sizes. Tess Munster is redefining the benchmark for models, as she is a heavily tattooed, mother of one, size 24 woman.  She has curves and a face that are  simply divine.

Having said all that,¬†brace yourself for the backlash of this.¬† For some reason, people such as Tess seem to polarize opinion and before you can say hands up if you’re a judgmental ass?, people will be coming out of the woodwork condemning her and her size¬†for¬†being unhealthy, for sending the ‘wrong’ message to young¬†women, for being unattractive¬†etc.¬† A fact that Tess herself seems well versed in:

“Everybody deserves to be happy but for some reason the fact that I happen to be plus size and happy seems to bother people. It’s odd really.”

Odd indeed.¬† One quick glance around our community and it’s not hard to see that our society tends to value and find beauty in slimness, thinness, self-control, self-discipline, fitness, athleticism,¬†petiteness etc.¬† People who don’t fit into that rather rigid paradigm are rarely deemed beautiful by the greater society and are frequently judged very harshly.¬† Perplexingly, people feel quite entitled to take one look at a larger sized person and make numerous assumptions – often health and medical assumptions – accordingly, despite being completely unqualified to do so.¬† Tess has clearly been exposed to that quite extensively throughout her life.¬†To such an extent that she makes this point:

“I understand not everyone understands what I’m about. But to me it’s such a simple concept,” she said. “It’s all about loving your body regardless of your size and chasing your dreams.”

Simply put, she is a beautiful, fit (Yes, FIT!) woman who happens to be a size 24 and is proud of and loves her body.¬† Which is a lot more than millions of smaller sized women everywhere¬†can¬†say.¬†¬†She is miles ahead on the self-acceptance, worth and value curve than most of the population.¬†And that’s worth celebrating.

I wish you all the best Tess and may you hopefully shake up the restricted notion of ‘ideal beauty’ in your own fabulous way.

Have an awesome day.¬† Bye for now, Paula ūüôā