Once again, this Spring has found me out of shape. It was a stressful winter. Trips to the gym were few and far between. And my husband brought home way too many girl scout cookies (and beer). So, I’ve got a few pounds to lose and some toning up to do.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? It’s pretty common in my life, actually, to go between very in shape (50 mile bike rides, 5 mile running events, etc.) and needing to lose and tone (hello muffin top). But my feminine brain does this freak out that screams “I’m fat!” And then I commence feeling horrible about myself. So, when Disney’s new Cinderella movie came out in March, it added insult to injury.
Disney’s new Cinderella, Lily James, who “sported a 17-inch waist in her corseted Cinderella costume, said her dress was so tight she couldn’t eat solid food during filming.” (according to examiner.com)
Eek, I don’t look like this! I don’t eat a liquid diet! I must be worthless and ugly if I don’t look like this perfect picture of a princess. And Disney hasn’t made it easy over the years with their images of cartoon/cgi princesses:
But let’s be honest… I’m 5’1″ and aging. There is simply no way I will ever look like a model, an actress, or this skewed version of a “princess.” Nor should I. It is past time that I love me and my body for what it is (and whatever it continues to morph into… square butt?). So, I decided that the shape of a princess needs to be revamped. (Can I get a HELL YEAH?!) And I’ve got some candidates that I personally look up to.
Malala Yousafzai – She’s a 17 year old, Pakistani activist for female education and women’s rights. When she was 11, she blogged for BBC. The NY Times did a documentary on her life when she was 13. At 16, she spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education. In 2014, she won a Nobel Peace prize (the youngest ever at 17) for her related work on child suppression and education for all. Oh yeah, and she was shot in the head by the Taliban, survived, and is still kicking ass.
Haley Bonar – This 31 yr old musician has been touring since she was 19 with her guitar, piano and organ. She has 8 successful solo albums under her belt (and a growing side band called Gramma’s Boyfriend). Her tracks can be heard on TV and film alike. And she contributes to multiple local projects (MN Women’s Foundation, MN Beatles Project). She is a performing darling of the midwest who’s completely captivating and passionate performances enchant audiences everywhere she goes. Oh yeah, and she’s a single mom and still rockin’ it!
Serena Williams – Currently ranked No.1 in women’s tennis, she’s been playing since she was 3 years old and won her first slam at 17 years old (making her the first african american woman to win a grand slam in the open era). Having won over $60M in prize money and 34 Grand Slams, she holds the record for most major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined of any female or male player. And she has won 4 Olympic gold medals. She is a complete powerhouse and hailed as the “Queen of the Court.” Oh yeah, and she’s overcome personal loss (one of her sisters was fatally shot in an altercation), multiple injuries, media criticism/scrutiny, and long absences (ie. low rankings) from the sport and is still reigning supreme!