Cosmopolitan recently ran a column by 22 year old “body positive” Instagrammer, Lexi Manion, about the pressures plus-sized women encounter when it comes to their clothing.
Manion notes that: “As a plus size woman, if I'm wearing comfy clothes, I’m seen as 'not trying hard enough'…. In many people's eyes, fat equals lazy/unhealthy/gross.“
She adds, now that she’s embraced her fat body, she’ll wear whatever she wants and say “eff the rules”, encouraging others to do so as well.
The commentary was accompanied by photos, one risqué and one in which she’s wearing a few layers noting she’s “confident” while clad in either outfit. But many comments from those viewing the photos were downright cruel.
In that regard, my heart goes out to Manion yet things go off the rails when her response is to embrace her fatness even more.
One shouldn’t be pilloried for being obese, but neither should one look upon it as a badge of honour because when you’re obese, you’re essentially speeding up the process of dying.
In a perverse irony, if Cosmo editors truly bought into the logic of Manion’s column, then why haven’t we seen a Manion-sized model gracing the cover?
Instead, Cosmo’s covergirls come from the same factory that mass-produces Barbie dolls.
For the vast majority of women, trying to maintain the body image of a supermodel might also lead to negative health effects so we need to find a happy medium.
Contrary to the message on the t-shirt worn by Manion stating “Your body is not your enemy”, sometimes it is.