Skinny vs. Healthy

I have been looking for the right words to say something that has been on my mind a lot. The models in the magazines are skinny, duh. It is always news when a plus size model gets a spread in a major magazine. My issue is this: models are people to look up to, right? Why would I want to strive to be overweight? No, I don’t starve myself nor would I like to be a size 0. I don’t look up to people who take drastic measures to be skinny. However, some people are naturally skinny. That doesn’t impress me.

 I want to be healthy. I want to be fit. I want to look great in anything I wear; but, I want to look even better naked. Why aren’t more fitness models in major magazine spreads? People who are determined, motivated, healthy, and beautiful, not because they were just lucky enough to be born with great genes, but because they work their asses off for it every single day. It doesn’t impress me to hear models or actresses proclaim to eat anything they want and never go to the gym or workout. I look up to healthy, motivated people who are proud of their bodies and are confident enough to admit to working out. Those are the women I want to look up to. Body image is so important and teaching our children that they have to be lucky in the genes department to be looked up to or to be big in fashion is ridiculous.