Plus-size influencers contribute to society’s obsession with how women look.
They post images of themselves showing off intimate areas of their body including stretch marks from pregnancy, cellulite high up on their legs, plus close shots of their booty and even crotch area.
Yet in the next breath they want society to stop obsessing about how a woman looks.
How can women be taken seriously when we have this ever-growing community of full-figured women flaunting their barely-clothed bodies?
I’m not referring to swimsuit or lingerie ads or paid collaborations with clothing manufacturers. I’m referring to selfies.
And yes, women whose bodies meet the conventional standard of attractiveness have been known to post images of themselves with barely anything on. Yes, we all know that.
This has contributed to the “looks over brains” application to women.
But the obsession with women’s looks is further promoted when obese women do the same thing.
The irony is that they want to dismantle the premium that society places on how a woman looks.
You can’t accomplish this by posting close-up shots of belly rolls, cellulite and pregnancy stretch marks, along with tight scant clothing showing half your rump and nearly all of your breasts.
If you want this world to be thought of as more of a “woman’s world” than as a “man’s world,” you need to promote brains over body.
“She’s SO inspirational!”
Twenty-five years ago, if you would have heard this, you might have pictured a female firefighter, NASA engineer, single mother working her way through nursing school, formerly homeless woman who’s now a lawyer, or former illiterate woman who’s now a book author.
You may have pictured a stage 4 cancer survivor who climbs mountains, or a woman with an artificial leg who completed a 10K.
Nowadays, and very unfortunately, “You’re so inspirational” is being ascribed to big women who don’t do much more than shake their hips and booty on TikTok and seductively or neutrally pose in swimsuits.
Their enraptured followers claim to be inspired.
This begs the question: Inspired to do what? Finish college or wear the same kind of clothes their heroine wears?
Are they inspired to end an abusive relationship and start that dream business, or wear a two-piece swimsuit and show off their belly rolls?
Are they inspired to finally get that elusive college degree and organize a charity group, or paint their stretch marks with glitter?
No fat woman ever said on her deathbed, “I wish I had worn sleeveless crop tops and very short pants.”
Let’s face it: Today’s body positivity outright promotes the obsession with women’s looks, leaving brains in the dust. Thanks a lot, influencers.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.