Every time my sister comes to New York City from where we grew up in Southern California, she says she suddenly starts feeling so…pretty! Being around such a huge diversity of shapes, sizes, colors and types of women makes her feel incredibly comfortable in her body, and with her brown hair. (See, a very typical look in SoCal, especially the Orange County area is very thin and very blond.) NYC is her body-image happy place. (Maybe I can convince her to move here!)
My body-image happy place is the gym locker room. Seriously! In one five-minute changing session in there you see so many different types of bellies, boobs, and bare asses that you can’t possibly keep believing in a “perfect ideal.” Some women are smooth and superslim, like dancers, but most aren’t. If even women who work out regularly at the gym have some bubblage on their thighs and a little belly roll or two, why on earth would I expect myself to look any different? That’s just…mean. And in a strange way, a little egotistical.
Your homework: Think about where you feel best about your body–and why. Then go spend some time there!