As I stood in line at the grocery store, a magazine title popped out at me: “Oprah reaches 200 pounds!” I thought to myself, “So what? Big Deal!” Everyone is obsessed with weight. It seems that all the commercials on TV are promoting some sort of diet plan, diet pills, or exercise equipment. The media is promoting thin as beautiful. Why isn’t healthy beautiful? I was so happy when Jennifer Lopez was noticed for her beauty. She is a proud, curvy, Latina and men love her.
I have noticed that Latin men seem to prefer curvy women as opposed to non-Latino men. Most non-Latino men seem to prefer very thin women. When I first moved to the suburbs, I have to admit that I began feeling somewhat insecure. I didn’t feel as if I fit in. I was surrounded by very thin, blond, pretty, soccer moms. I had to stop myself. I looked within and found my beauty. I don’t want to be like everyone else. I am unique. Unique is a good thing. Hey, everyone needs a little salsa on their plain chips, right?
One of the things that bothers me most is that many Latin women are having body image issues. So many of my friends and family members are sadly insecure. They are feeling the pressure to be thin and risking their health in the meantime. It’s not good.
The Hispanic heritage offers some of the best food in the world. The women love to cook and the men love to eat. However, many men seem to think they can gain 50 lbs. and it’s perfectly acceptable, while women are constantly trying to manage their weight. Why is this? The most imperfect men expect to have the most perfect women. Is it not taken into consideration that maybe we enjoy food too? Pay attention to the next McDonald’s commercial. The Mom is eating a salad while the Dad and kids are having burgers and fries. What about giving birth to numerous children? And…what about age? Let’s see…a woman has 3-4 kids, turns 40, and is still expected to be a size 2? NOT!!! We’re expected to take care of the household, have careers, raise the children, and still find time to work out for hours a day. Hell, I barely have time to sleep most days.
Sure, the stars are rail thin a week after giving birth, but they have professional trainers, chefs, housekeepers, stylists, and nannies. We could all be thin with that type of lifestyle.
My motto is, “Work with what you got!” If you have beautiful lips, wear a beautiful color of lipstick. If you have a great cleavage, buy yourself a new low-cut blouse. Great hair…get a new hairstyle. If you have a JLo booty, wear some tight jeans and show it off!
Women, take charge! Enjoy and accept your bodies. Love them. Love each stretch mark as it symbolizes the birth of each precious child. Love your breasts as they have nourished your newborns. Embrace yourselves, for you are the future of the world. You are beautiful.
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. My mother always said, “Pretty is as pretty does”.
Author: Rhonda Guiterrez