When I first started losing weight, I tore pictures out of US Weekly and Marie Claire of women who I thought were gorgeous and had great bodies. The only "real" looking woman that I had up there was Sara Ramirez (the gorgeous Dr. Callie Torres from Grey's Anatomy). Over time, I've ripped down the unattainable bodies that I had decorating my fridge... Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, Lauren Conrad. Instead, I've decided to make a real looking woman my body inspiration:
Miss Marilyn Monroe. Yes, she had her issues (don't we all?), but talk about someone who looks real. Her chest, her hips, her thighs... all real! I've come to the point where I think I could look like a Marilyn. I'll definitely never be a Keira Knightley or Nicole Kidman, but Marilyn is a real girl. I'm coming to the conclusion that I'll always have noticeable hips and thighs, but why hide them? Why not show them off like Miss Monroe did?
I bought a dress this summer. It's sleeveless (a big step for me) and it is black with huge white polkadots. I like to call it my Sophia Loren dress. But then again, it could easily be a Marilyn dress as well. It shows off my much smaller waist and emphasizes my curves. Why should I be concerned about fitting into clothes that Kate Moss could wear, when I could easily emulate one of these real beauties from the past? The best part about it is that whenever I wear it, I get a ton of compliments, which just boosts my self-esteem. Hmm... maybe I should wear that for my date tomorrow!