I admit that I don’t listen to Meghan Trainor’s music, yet I am so impressed with this spunky 22-year-old and her “body-image-proud” message. She is known for inspiring women to embrace their shape and size no matter what it is. Last week, Trainor released a new single called “Me Too” along with her new video.
However, she was taken aback upon seeing the video had been altered to make her look smaller without her permission. On Good Morning America, Trainor said, “I love the director and I love this video and we are so proud of this, but I had to call up the head of Vevo and say TAKE IT DOWN, that’s not me. I need to fix this now as soon as I can.”
Hear that? Wow. Isn’t she a breath of fresh air among celebrities who attempt to use technology to change all perceived flaws?
My husband asked me recently what it was that helped me begin to accept myself during the time of my own personal wake-up moment almost thirteen years ago. When I turned fifty I suddenly recognized that life was speeding by. I started taking that fact seriously. In order to enjoy it fully I found that I needed to accept all of me right where I was. I began to study how to look my best with the body I had and at my age. This was life-changing and once I began to dress and feel better I was able to start working on my health and losing some weight. I honestly do regret that I waited so long and wasted so much time. But what’s most important is that I started.
If you are struggling with body image, please consider doing a few of these things today:
- Look in the mirror and concentrate on the positives, NOT the negatives.
- Start now! Do not say that you’ll do it tomorrow because you probably won’t.
- Research how to dress the figure you have and how to do so with confidence. Check fashion blogs, brand websites and product catalogs to determine what you think will look best on you.
- Go to a retailer you love and spend a long time in the dressing room. Try on many styles and shapes and fabrics to see what looks best on you. Don’t apologize to a sales associate for doing this. Just do it. Make sure you look at all of the garments in a three-way mirror from all angles.
- CHOOSE to go into each day looking and feeling your best at the size and age you are. It is a choice. You decide whether you’re going to grumble and waste time with frowns or if you’re going to smile and be proud of who you are and how you look.
How amazing this young woman could say, flat out, THAT IS NOT ME! And then demand that her video reflect the real woman she is. She has given those of us in midlife a great example of strength, dignity, and joy. Let’s all follow her lead.
So, do you have a tip to share for those among us struggling with body image? I’d love to hear what’s important to you when it comes to self-love, so please share in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by, ladies. I will see you next week.