For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:13-14
“Do you ever look at the models and wish you looked like them? Most of us have had that experience. Or we go to the health club and notice how buff the woman to the left is and how skinny the woman to the right is while dwelling on what we don’t like about our own bodies. And when we go out, we see guys flocking to talk with certain women and wonder if our looks stack up to theirs.
When you get dressed in the morning, do you worry about whether your jeans are flattering? Do you think about who you are going to see when you decide how to do your hair? When you eat a meal, do you think about those magazine models again?
Most of us do. And we are buying into a lie.
In this book Michelle Graham reveals how we have fallen into the trap of viewing our bodies through the lens of the culture rather than through the eyes of God. She helps us understand that these are not the things that God wants us to dwell on. And these are not the true qualities of beauty. As you read this book you will discover that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and it cannot be airbrushed on. In these pages you will discover the true secrets of a positive body image.”
-Dr. Sarah Sumner
Yesterday, I spend a good chunk of my afternoon reading through the pages of this wonderful book.
Before I started my blog, I dug my fingers and eyes into the pages of this book, and it helped me to truly identify myself as beautiful. I did a giveaway once with this book, and I hope to do another soon. But first, I would like to just post about it as I read.
“Barbie was born in 1959, when Mattel cofounder Ruth Handler approached her all-male design staff with the idea of a three-dimensional doll to replace the paper-doll fad. That result was a fashion doll that became a cultural icon of the idea beautiful woman-tall, slender, curvy, and white. But if Barbie were a real human being, she would need some major reconstructive surgery just to survive. It’s been estimated that if Barbie had an average busy size of 36 inches, her proportions would make her anywhere from 6 feet 2 inches to 7 feet 5 inches tall. No wonder she was able to play for the WNBA. In oder to achieve her hourglass figure, she would need to have two ribs removed along with several major organs. Barbie has no hormonal cycle to affect her complexion and no metabolism to struggle with. And if you ask me, that gab between her thighs could only be the result of a major bone deformity in her hips. What began as a fantasy of perfect beauty actually turned out to be a freak.”
Above is a picture of Jamie Lee Curtis in More Magazine in 2002.
“Jamie Lee Curtis, the actress made famous by the movie Perfect, was revealing to the world that she isn’t. The article quoted her saying, ‘There’s a reality to the way I look without my clothes on. I don’t have great thighs. I have very big breasts and a soft, fatty little tummy. And I’ve got back fat. People assume that I’m walking around in little spaghetti strap dresses. It’s insidious- Glam Jamie, the Perfect Jamie, the great figure, blah, blah, blah… It’s such a fraud. And I’m the one perpetuating it.'”
Question of the day (from my book):
What would it take for you to have the same vulnerable confidence that Jamie Lee Curtis displayed?