A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. She is measured by the way her body curves or doesn’t curve. By where she is flat or straight or round. she is measured by 36-24-36 and inches and ages and numbers. By all the outside things that don’t ever add up to who she is on the inside. And so if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control, by who she is and who she is trying to become because as every woman knows, measurements are only statistics and STATISTICS LIE. - Marilyn Monroe
On Tuesday I went to see My Week With Marilyn with my BFF, and in a word, it was AMAZING (You will definitely be seeing a Girl Crush post on Michelle Williams after this movie!). I have always been a fan of Marilyn Monroe. She was such a classic beauty and I admire what she stood for- a positive image for women.
My entire life, I have faced looking different. Now, granted I know I'm a hottie LOL. Hello I Look Good Today doesn't come from low self esteem! In all seriousness, I am realistic and I know that my body is different than my able bodied peers, but you know what, I'm OK with that.
I will never have the cut abs that I dream of having. Why? Well for starters, I don't have the strength to sit up by myself, so no crunches for this little lady (sigh). And to add to that, I was born with the curvature of the spine called lordosis. this is a curvature of the spine forward. So not only did I acquire scoliosis as a teen and now have a metal rod from my hips to my shoulders to keep my spine straight from curving to the right, my spine with the lordosis also curves forward. You might not be able to see it in pictures, but I have a little "pooch" not from being overweight, but rather because my spine pushes my tummy out.
It is because of women like Ms. Monroe who to me where a healthy body weight (Let's face it, the girl had curves), that I am so comfortable with who I am. As Will Smith said in Men in Black, "I make this look good!"
As this new year begins, I encourage you to look in the mirror each day and tell yourself, "I look good today" (and of course think of me when you do *wink*), and remember that true beauty cannot be measured by how tall you are or what your waistline is. True beauty comes from inside. Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic.