I wondered what to blog about today, as is often the case I ask for your ideas of what you'd like me to talk about.
Today was no excpetion. A Twitter friend Lynnette (@lovelyislovely) had tweeted earlier today,that a well known designer has spoken out against plus size models, saying girls on the catwalk should be no bigger than 'size six to eight'
How very sad. For me beauty comes in all shapes and sizes...... its not the outer packaging that makes someone beautiful, its their inner glow, the spirit of them that lights up their beauty.
Even the most revered super model's outer beauty can be dimmed if their spirit is constricted and constrained. Yet if you were to take someone who's inner light shines bright, their beauty is never mistaken.It is mesmerising and breathtaking.
I understand that a designer is concerned with outer appearances, but what a very sad and limited expression of beauty it is if we can only show size 6-8 women as being beautiful?
Who defines beauty?
Now I am a size 8 woman some of the time, some of the time I'm a size 10.
It's not my dress size that makes me beautiful or not as the case my be, afterall it's in the eye of the beholder! its what comes from within, the authentic representation of my spirit, who I am at heart that me,that people notice not my shape or size. I could walk down a catwalk and look good in my clothes, I could be representative of real 40 something women. Just as my beautiful glowing 17 year old daughter could fill a room with her amazing essence, her size 12, sometimes 14, sometimes 10, has been a size 16 is completely irrelevant to her beauty and her outer expression through clothing.
It got me to thinking why do we thrust these shallow measurements of beauty on our girls, young women infact womankind in general. How can we encourage such designers to recognise the beauty that's within all of us and "Dress" that authentically on the catwalk. I'd love to see a catwalk show of glowing individuals whose love and beauty shine out for all to see, regardless of shape or size. I have no doubt in my heart that any clothes on such muses, would be stunning and illuminated by the unmistakeable beauty of the wearer
1. muse a. A guiding spirit.
b. A source of inspiration.
The whole topic of discussion bought to mind a beautiful poem, often associated with Audrey Hepburn.
Maybe a certain designer may like to consider it as a point of reference for his next catwalk show? Understand I'm not making judgement on him, he is seeing the World from his viewpoint, his World has the potential to be a creative expression of his own inner light, but he of course is surrounded by limiting beliefs of a whole fashion industry.
I hope that more designers will be bold,I hope that they will allow real beauty to shine out, showing their collections in their best light, expressing the true spirit of them and their creativity.
So designers, Fashion editors, journalists...... will you be bold? will you #startaripple (see last blog) and truly make a difference by showing TRUE beauty?
Audrey Hepburn's Beauty Tips
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
(Contrary to what some may think, Audrey Hepburn did not write this beautiful poem, Sam Levenson did. Levenson wrote "Time Tested Beauty Tips" for his grandchild, and it just so happened to be one of Audrey's favorite poems. She read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent with us here on Earth).
Until next time, let your light shine bright and be beautiful!
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