When I read these definitions I think of many different acts of bravery, all of which have a huge impact on those affected. I think about a firefighter running into a blazing building to save a young child, a rescue Cavalry coming to render aid in a disaster area, a soldier preparing to go to war, or a person revealing their true self to the world when acceptance and tolerance are on the line. Myself or any plus size woman deciding to wear a swimsuit, whether one piece or two, should not be on that chart!
What if everyone had the same color skin? What would people have to pick on and criticize? What is skin really beside an adaptive feature to a human being’s environment?
According to geneticists, the color of a person’s skin has a direct correlation to their geographic location and the distribution of Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) it receives. For instance, areas that receive higher amounts of UVR have a propensity to have darker-skinned people. These areas are typically located closer to the equator. Areas that are closer to the poles have lower amounts of UVR, which is why folks tend to be lighter-skinned.
Over the last few years, women who are accepting and learning to love their plus-size bodies has turned into a global movement. As a plus-size woman (and new blogger), I can truly see that the last 10 years have been an evolution where women who are considered plus size in our society have broken all rules and stigmas. The mere fact that we can boast about several Full Figure Fashion Weeks (in the United States and in other countries) is enough to prove that we EXIST!
Seeing plus-size women on the cover page of Sports Illustrated has served as empowerment for me, it has certainly empowered me to choose a size that I consider healthy for myself over a size that many still see as "ideal.”