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Taking Control of Your Own Shape

"I'm taking control of my own shape." - Hannah, played by Lena Dunham in Girls

In the first season of Girls, Hannah (played by Lena Dunham) acknowledge the issue with social shaming when Adam questions her many tattoos. "Truthfully, I gained a bunch of weight very quickly and I felt very out of control of my own body and it was very riot grrl idea, like 'I'm taking control of my own shape'." When Adam further questions her about whether she has tried to lose weight, Hannah responds, "No, I have not tried a lot to lose weight because I decided that I was going to have some other concerns in my life."

As a woman of a certain age, I am not only concerned about my weight and my shape, but I'm concerned about my overall health. I mean, round is a shape, but so is pear and hourglass. Looking good is secondary. Having a healthy relationship with your body should be your priority. Going through menopause has put a few extra pounds around my mid-section, giving me a "soft belly." Do I wish I had a six pack? No, not really, but I do wish that my soft belly was a little more taut than it currently is now.

There are women out there whose job it is to be or stay thin, or stay a certain size. There are models and celebrities who have lamented about the pressures put on them by Hollywood or by their industry to stay thin or to be a certain size. However, with {role} models like Ashley Graham, Katie H. Willcox, Tara Lynn, Robin Lawley, Candice Huffine, and Denise Bidot, being a woman with curves feels better than being "thin."

These women definitely take control of their own shape and have not let size define them . They are role models for women, young and old, everywhere who don't fit the cookie cutter image of what skinny should look like.

Katie H. Willcox founded Healthy is the New Skinny, a social movement that works to challenge the limiting beauty ideal created by the media. "Our goal is to educate and inspire people to choose health and wellness over cultures obsession with being "skinny." HNS is dedicated to spreading positivity and promoting an all-inclusive idea of health and wellness for women across the world."

Accepting your body, cellulite and all, can be hard. Even celebrities like Kate Winslet, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Lawrence, and America Ferrera have addressed society's issues with body image.

Accepting your body, curves and all, doesn't mean that you can't be stylish as well. You can dress your curves however you want.

There are some fashion designers that have designed lines for curvier women. The Curvy Fashionista has complied a detailed list of quality plus size designers, including department stores and online retailers.

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Do you think "healthy is the new skinny?" Do you think that certain industries would go out of business if women just woke up one day and decided that they liked their bodies just the way they were? How are you taking control of your shape?

Yours Truly,

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Currently working as a Registered Medical Assistant, Vanessa dreams at night of writing for a magazine as a freelance writer/blogger. Even though she is considered "middle aged" by most, she feels young enough to compete with the 20-somethings for their jobs at any fashion magazines because she has [...]

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