Lady Bits from Around the Web: Oh, Hey, Adele | Body Image Is Not Just Our Fight | Victoria's Secret Models Need Love Too | Sorority Sisters For Self-Acceptance
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Oh, Hey, Adele
As if we needed another reason to love Adele (we didn't forget you, girl. 'Take It All''s been on repeat this whole time), she up and dropped another single that's had us all clinging to our ex's blurry Facebook feeds (they're blurry because we can't see clearly through the tears, HELLO).
What's especially fun about Adele is her level of no f*cks given when it comes to body image. Like, she doesn't even engage because it's such a non-starter for her. Go 'head with yo bad self, Delly. (Can we call you Delly?)
'I don't have a message,' she says [...] 'I enjoy being me; I always have done. I've seen people where it rules their lives, you know, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I don't want that in my life. It's just never been an issue — at least, I've never hung out with the sort of horrible people who make it an issue. I have insecurities, of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me.' - Vogue interview, 2011
Body Image Is Not Just Our Fight
Dad bods of America, Zach Miko wants you to know, it's time to accept yo'self, too. The women are doing it, so why can't you? In an honest interview with Good Morning America, plus-size male model Zach showed us all that body acceptance is a HUMAN issue, not just a women's issue (which we knew/assumed, but are really happy this one's getting a face and some traction). Yay for solidarity!
"I've been trying to change for years because that's what the industry's been telling me to do... And I don't want to do that."
Victoria's Secret Models Need Love Too
It's hard out there for a model. A lot of this body shaming hate stuff is flung at models like chimps and their feces, but, as we've been saying offline all along (which naturally doesn't count), it's not the models' fault.
"I always think that one of the most important things you have to learn in this society is to accept yourself, and that’s very hard. Normal people have a lot of issues with this, and it’s the same for models because we actually work with our body and physical appearance. That’s added pressure, because this job isn’t about liking yourself, it's about being like your clients want."
Ok, so we cringe at her use of "normal" and "actually," but we're going to chalk it up to lost in translation and carry on. She also broke down the influence of marketability and social media on the changing industry:
"I agree with what [Hadid] said but on the other hand I want equality for everyone. She doesn’t mention her name or situation at all. I don’t have a problem with the fact that you’re a curvy girl on the runway, I support that. But if it was me with your same measurements going to a casting they would send me home to lose weight. Most of us have to conform to extreme measurements because otherwise we won’t book any jobs while others have the privilege to say that designers love them despite their curves. Well then, why do they love you? Maybe your millions of followers on Instagram might have something to do with it as well."
Body criticism, pressure to look a certain way, not feeling worthy because of lack of Instagram followers... Models: They're just like us.
Sorority Sisters For Self-Acceptance
Tri Delts unite! Or something. If we were one, we would have rolled out some chapter chant or an appropriate substitute... Moving right along.
The Delta Delta Delta house at Boise State put their powers of event planning to good use when they hosted their first annual Tri Love Week with speaker Amy Pence-Brown. You may remember Amy from the time she got almost-naked in the middle of a public market, blindfolded herself, and had people draw hearts on her in a to support her message of self-love and self-acceptance. If not, relive it here.
“In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” - Amy Pence-Brown's video closing remarks
“You cannot fully love others until you love yourself.” - Amy Pence-Brown