If you’re a Toronto dweller there’s no way you’ve missed NOW’s Love Your Body Issue story. You know the one, there’s two gorgeous ladies on the cover. They happen to be nude and quite different from conventional models.
“Your body isn’t wrong, society is,” proclaims the front cover of the issue. How right you are, NOW. To experiment with this idea, someone in our office posted the article to her Facebook. Comments began quickly and suggested these women were likely in danger of major health issues. Well, sir, you just proved our point.
The NOW article points out, and this writer tends to agree, we force ourselves into cookie cutter ideals of what health means. Let’s be realistic. A girl who’s naturally slender may be rotten on the inside because she eats fried chicken everyday and is afraid of greens, while someone fat enjoys a balanced diet and active lifestyle. You really can’t tell a person’s health from looking at them. That’s the point here. Stop being so judgmental, live your life, be strong, be healthy, be happy, love yourself.
There’s nothing worse than the feeling that you’ve failed yourself, and somehow society, when you inevitably cave into the temptations of everyday life and bail on your insane diet a few weeks into January.
The danger of over simplifying things always exists here but we love this article for being smart and sparking good debate among readers. A big thank you to NOW Magazine for doing something so shocking (though we wish it weren’t so) on their cover and writing a New Year’s resolution that makes sense: be resolved to love your body.
What do you think about the body positive cover story?