The catch-phrase is- being ‘body positive’. Have the confidence to make your own choices and invest time and effort in your own self. Be it your health, beauty or relaxation regimen, all of this defines you and is your choice at the end of it all. If skinny is beautiful or fit is attractive. Whose verdict is it? More important is to take time out for yourself and feel-good. Subscribing to others’ standard of beauty is toxic.
“You are too fat”, “Your curls are ugly” “You don’t have any curves at all” But who decides the parameters of beauty anyway?! The idea is to define your own style and beauty statement. If you take care of yourself and are comfortable in your own skin, what others say, matters less.
FabFit compiled these movies that tell how a positive body image has far-reaching consequences:
#1: Real Women Have Curves
Are you insecure about your body size or shape? Then, you’d better add Real Women Have Curves in your “to-watch” list. The movie narrates how a Latino woman living in Los Angeles thrives in America as she learns to accept her real self.
In the movie, there’s a poignant scene where a group of women, working in a clothing factory, each of who are tired of their mother’s criticism, are seen discussing the issue. They decide to notice their flaws such as cellulite and stretch marks, accept them and encourage each other to be comfortable with their existing body types. This scene is really powerful in that it tells all women that they are unique, regardless of their shape or size.
Have you been bullied because you belong to the ‘plus-size’ category? If so, just watch this musical extravaganza, Hairspray. The movie is about Tracy Turnblad (portrayed by Nikki Blonsky). She is passionate about dancing and she wins a spot on “The Corny Collins Show”. She instantly becomes famous which makes the Queen Bee an envy among others.
The girl, who was a nobody due to her ‘heavyset’ appearance, finally breaks the ‘boundaries’ and learns to express herself freely and as she is. She proves to everyone that size does not matter in pursuit of one’s dreams.
#3: Center Stage
Dubbed as one of the most popular ballet movies, Center Stage undoubtedly drew attention from tons of movie enthusiasts. The story revolves around a group of ballet students. These students deal with several difficulties because they find it difficult to fit into the mould of how a ballet dancer should act and look like.
Maureen (played by Susan May Pratt) is the school’s star ballet dancer. However, she struggles against bulimia, and the pressure to maintain her status as the best dancer has falters. Meanwhile, Jody (portrayed by Amanda Schull) loves ballet. However, she also suffers from body problems.
This movie shows how two unique girls with unique body issues and types fight the demanding world. With this movie, we learn how these people make their way to the top, overcoming the odds. Each of them demonstrates that size shouldn’t be the basis of your ability or passion.
To sum it up, these three films want to convey a message: do not focus on your flaws. What you need to do is to make a resolution to take best care of yourself and have your unique standards of beauty and health. Let us encourage self-love and body confidence!
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