Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What is Sexy?



I received my first Victoria's Secret Swimsuit 2010 catalog in the mail last week. I was excited--this means summer is right around the corner...yay! I was also thoroughly disappointed. Not because I didn't see a single bikini in the entire catalog worthy of ordering (though that was pretty disappointing), but because of the way the models looked. 


Maybe I've just been tossing my VS catalogs in the recycling bin without looking through them for the past year, or maybe I'm finally able to view my body, along with other women's bodies, in a healthy way, but I was shocked at how absolutely THIN these models are! Some of them, when I covered their heads with my thumb, appeared to have the body of a 13-year old girl. I hope I'm not the only one who isn't convinced that a 13-year old girl has a 'sexy' body.


Even my most recent issue of Fitness Magazine--the female "fitness models" they use to demonstrate exercises? Same thing. Thin, Thin, Thin. At least their bodies look like that of a 15-year old, I suppose.


So what IS sexy? I know it's a controversial question. And I also know that it is a question that packs a lot of heat. There will be 1 million different ideas of what sexy is. Amen to that! But to me? To my 27-year old female mind? {My super healthy, completely distortion-free mind regarding the female body, might I add!} 


To me, THIS is sexy...and THIS is why I CrossFit:



{disclaimer: while I realize that some of these models are 'naturally thin,' this is not to offend any of you sexy and beautiful 'naturally thin' women out there. If I have offended you by this post, I sincerely apologize. I do know that God made every woman different than the next and that it would be a boring world if we all looked identical. These are merely my thoughts--and for the first time in 10 years, these are not my distorted thoughts on what a female body "should" look like. I love you & I think you are beautiful just as you are!}

14 comments:

  1. so true! I got the VS catalog last week and had the same thoughts!

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  2. I'm one of those naturally thin people and you didn't offend me. It took me a long time to realize that everyone is made different and we shouldn't be so quick to think the other side of the fence is better off. That being said women who starve themselves to be thin irritate me to no end because if they only knew there are those of us who'd love nothing more than to not be so thin. GREAT POST!! I've come to realize only one sexy thing fits all people and that is CONFIDENCE!!

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  3. I completely agree. I don't think there is anything wrong with being naturally thin, and I truly wish I were one of those women. And while the models in those mags are probably naturally thin they are also probably making themselves even thinner to keep their jobs, and that is pretty gross.

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  4. LOVE the post!! I think confidence is sexy and being strong! Your video is awesome and wish they had cross fit classes in my town!

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  5. I agree- confidence is sexy! My hubby thinks I am sexier now than I am when we met in high school (and that was 30 lbs ago!) My sister is pretty naturally thin and I was always envious of her, but at the same time, she works really hard at it! I need her hard work and discipline, not her skinny bod!

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  6. To me, sexy is Jessica Biel in a bikini. She has the type of body I would like to obtain, athletic and curves at the same time, a healthy body, not ribs protruding or stick thin arms.

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  7. Wow, I loved that crossfit video you posted! I didn't know what it was before and it just goes to show you don't need any fancy equiptment to get a killer workout.

    As far as VS, I've programmed myself not to notice the models in most magazines. I ordered some jeans the other day and the woman was probably 6 feet tall and a size 2 or 0. Well, I'm 5'1 and a size 2 so I KNEW I wasn't going to look like her with long slender legs and no butt lol. I wish they had modles of all shapes and sizes. Their reality is definitely not *my* reality. :)

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  8. I toss my VS catalogs, too. Mostly because it's nothing more than "soft porn" in my opinion, and I sure don't want it lying around for my husband and son to see, but that's a whole 'nother topic! ;) I agree, confidence= sexy. But even my husband has told me time and time again, he'd rather appreciate "classy" than "sexy" any ol' day. You can be big or little, short or tall, curvy or straight and still be classy. The worlds view of sexy is definitely more like trashy! Great post, girl!

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  9. I agree with you - sometimes those models are so skinny it just doesn't look natural. If you really are naturally that slender, than that's wonderful, but I think "sexy" can be interpreted in any way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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  10. Sexy to me is feeling confident in one's healthy body.

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  11. I've always felt sexiest when I'm strong and can bust out a bunch of push ups. Gotta get back to that point!

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  12. Yes I agree I think VS is a bit unrealistic and these women are very skinny, perhaps too skinny. I think it is good to be healthy and fit but not be focused on how skinny one is. :)

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  13. I know what you mean! I got the last VS catalog and thought the girl on the front looked 15, and was totally disturbed. I also sometimes wondering who VS is trying to sell products to because I most certainly don't feel like it is women all the time...good post. I liked the crossfit women video. I find those type of people much more sexy than the tiny model types.

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  14. I Stumbled upon your blog through another. Thanks for this great post!

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