Wow! Everywhere I look lately, female athletes are being celebrated in media. This has been a Summer to celebrate the power and strength behind the curves of these ladies. It’s so inspiring and refreshing to see an athlete with curves just like mine. With the fashion industry bombarding us with “size 0” retouched photos, it’s fantastic to see healthy and strong bodies.
ESPN Magazine released their 2015 “Body Issue” which showcased athletes in the buff, doing what they are famous for. Track and field star, Amanda Bingson, looks amazing as she graced a cover for ESPN. She even said, “I’ll be honest, I love everything about my body” (read more Here). I can’t say that, can you?
Women’s Running Magazine is featuring a curvy runner for the first time this August. You NEVER see curvy woman featured on the cover of a fitness magazine. I love seeing this new trend. Being healthy doesn’t have a size associated with it, it is individual for everyone. Check out how amazing she looks:
Misty Copeland, a personal favorite athlete and artist, was just promoted to Principal Dancer for American Ballet Theater. She has made waves in the ballet world since becoming the first African American Principal ballerina. Under Armour even recognized her athletic curves and featured her in their recent ads. She isn’t your typical skinny ballerina, she is an athlete with the muscles to prove it. She has boobs! When I was a dancer, you had to be flat chested, petite and super skinny. Those muscles add to every line her body makes.
I hope this goes beyond being trend and we praise female athletes of all shapes and sizes. Hopefully brands, like Lululemon (who are anti-curvy athletes and only carry to a size 10) will take notice of these gorgeous bodies in the media. It was only a matter of time before curvy girls took over. For us girls sitting at home and obsessing over cellulite and lack of thigh gaps— GO MOVE! Our bodies are beautiful in motion, no matter what size we are.