Courtesy of Sonia Tremblay
Here in Canada we are at the peak of summer, with people taking off their smallest clothes they can get and absorb these fleeting moments of sunshine before the cool weather returns. (Too early, in my opinion.)
But for a huge amount of women, these moments of liberation from the tyranny of the fabric seem exactly the opposite, because they are not at ease with their bodies. Thanks to people like Sonia Tremblay, however, it could change.
Sonia, profiled in HuffPost Quebec in a piece to tell Céline Gobert, is part of the positive body movement that focuses on loving yourself regardless of whether you look like people on magazine covers and TV shows. And the article has just come out at the same time Mindy Kaling encouraged women of all sizes wear their bikinis, e fashion bloggers in France said "enough!" to comments on sizes when they publish photos of swimsuits.
As they say, there are no coincidences.
For Céline, it was a revelation to find a woman who argued so strongly for this kind of inclusion in Quebec.
"It's wonderful to see women feeling better about themselves and being happy exactly as they are – and then understanding that diversity is a force," he notes.
And just as Sonia heard from her fans who are wearing T-shirts for the first time thanks to her acceptance messages, readers also expressed their joy at seeing themselves reflected in the piece.
"There have been so many comments on social media on this, and the general feeling has been very positive" Céline He says. "I think the piece will have a major impact on women who have these thoughts every day, and that's all that matters."
Like most women, I faced my bodily problems – I wouldn't wear shorts or skirts from age 14 to 24 due to my embarrassment about my thighs, for example. And this was long before social media, and his emphasis on a very specific kind of perfect look for images, even existed.
It is so encouraging to see women like Sonia who remind girls and women that there is no way to appear in the world, and in fact society is much improved when people feel good about their appearance, instead of being ashamed. The smile I get on my face when I see the row of clothes I now have in my closet is a testament to this.
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Post scriptum Thanks to the many readers who came in contact last week conversation about parents and climate change. Feel free to send me an email with any comments or questions about body positivity too!
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