Diva Justina sent me this link last week about a contestant for the Miss Universe Australia beauty contest. Clearly underweight, she made the finals, and her skin-and-bones image created controversy around the world. The first thing I thought when I saw the photo was that she could do runway modeling. True, she's thin for a traditional beauty pageant contestant, but she's not far off a runway model's body type. How crazy is that?!
So how do we shift society's perceptions of beauty to a healthier place? I'm not sure, but here's a start:
1. We have to continue to listen to, support and celebrate girls like Ali Michael (left), a model who spoke out about her struggles with weight inside the fashion industry (and eerily paralleled my main character Violet's struggles in Violet by Design.)
2. Kudos to My Favorite Author for their Body Image Theme Week (it's not too late to join the Body Image Challenge!) with bloggers like The Story Siren, Presenting Lenore, and In Bed With Books, plus authors Deborah Lytton, Sarah Darer Littman, Sara Zarr, Megan Frazer, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sydney Salter and Erin Dionne.
3. We should cheer for Scarlett Johansson, who posted a very smart and responsible piece in the Huffington Post about what healthy really means. (Thanks, Little Willow!)
4. Yay for Susan Boyle!
Where else is true beauty shining? Comment away!