Layne Bryant has followed the same path as Starbucks. Once this whole fad blows over I will post another blog on the sales revenue the I’m No Angel hashtag campaign brought them. This time it is the body image that is up for sale. Layne Bryant is known for selling bras and underwear to larger women.
Victoria Secret carries large bras and most of us know by now that they sell society the angel/beauty image. A lot of women with a larger breast size also carry a body type that supports that size. It is not often you see a size 2 lady with non enhanced size D breasts. I watched the Layne Bryant No angel commercial and was shocked to see the first screen flash be a breast shot. This is the very thing Victoria Secret sells women. Next came the thighs with an underwear pose. To keep it politically correct they had women of all different shades of skin. Now I have had large thighs before and yes I am a woman. Wearing a skirt or shorts on a hot Summer day can be a literal pain. Face it! Chafing hurts!
In the 90s when I was in school we were taught to be proud of our size. We are fine the way we are and bullying is never okay. Suddenly it became a moral issue to nicely tell someone they might want to watch what they eat and get some exercise. If a Woman asks a man if she is fat he is to say “No sweet heart I love you the way you are.” He is either being honest with you and really does like you the way you are or he is scared of telling you the truth because you might freak out. Have you noticed how simple statements have become a form of bullying? It is no longer okay to tell someone something negative! We are expected to feel good all the time even when we are doing the opposite. The anti depressants they push on us only verify this. No you cannot suffer through some kind of emotional pain and learn a lesson. If a statement makes you angry there is probably some truth to it or you would not be angry or hurt about it. Often times the deepest lessons we learn in life involve pain. When you learned to ride a bike you probably hurt yourself. I did. I was also taught to get back up again and not give up, even if blood was involved.
The obesity rates are growing rapidly within the Western World. Even some areas of Africa are now seeing an obesity spike. Fast food joints are popping up in almost every single country in the world. In the Western Hemisphere we are fighting back slowly against these food companies. We have seen the consequences of diabetes and heart disease. my 90s generation seems to be saying No to their kids because we are suffering consequences we do not want our future children to suffer.
I have watched family members and friends die of obesity. As much as we tried we could not convince them that they would feel better about themselves with diet or exercise. The line “You only live once” was the response anyone would receive who attempted to help. Your right you only live once but if losing limbs and having heart surgery is living life you can count me out.
While one half of the world slowly shapes up another half will be fattening up. I believe in the future the way we deal with fast food will change. We will learn how to mass produce healthy food options and serve them drive through style. It is only a matter of time and restaurants such as Veggie Grill and Chipotle are leading examples of this. Of course Bk, KFC, and Mc’ds are going over seas they feel the pinch and they can no longer compete where a population is educated. In the future the entire world will push them out unless they make serious nutritional changes.
I know by writing this blog I am helping the company advertise their over priced clothes. It is already all over social media now so my one blog is probably not going to make a huge dent in lowering the sales. Some of you might even rush off to the mall to buy the clothes after reading this. That is okay if you do it is your money.
True beauty is eating healthy and working out. True beauty comes from within. it takes a strong person to say No to the junk food advertisements. It takes a strong person to get up and work out in some kind of way every day regardless of how you feel. It takes discipline to tell your friends and family No when a slice of cake is passed your direction.
Is it wrong to cave in and eat something a bit unhealthy occasionally? No it is not. Define occasional and keep yourself in check. I have seen occasional mean something different to many people. For some occasional means only one cookie a day or one ice cream a week. To others it might be one ice cream a month. One ice cream a week is better then one ice cream a day and so on. Some people eat ten cookies a day! It is important to know how to get back on a healthy track if you divert off of it.
It is even more important to admit self abuse and forgive yourself for it. You do not need an advertisement to tell you if you are healthy or not or how to feel about yourself. You know in your heart and mind if you are treating your body as a temple. A temple is a place of relaxation and rest. A place to collect yourself. Your body should be this way to you. Your body should not be stressed out and sore. Treat it as the temple it was created to be. Only when you do that your true beauty will show.
If your being honest with yourself and you have realized you are not treating yourself as a temple should be treated….
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT????
Will a plus size clothing store make you feel better about yourself when you go to the mall? Will you weaken your mind and give in to a campaign and advertising scheme?