Unfortunately in today's society, the standards of feminine beauty are unrealistic and unattainable for most of us. In fact, who is to say what is "beautiful" and what is not? The three of us have been thinking about this topic with the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Premiere last night (**Cue all of the sad, depressing "I'm never eating again" Tweets and Facebook posts). Therefore, we wanted to talk about the female body image, especially for athletes like ourselves and our fans. Although we always joke around about our large calves or bulky arms/thighs, we know that we are HEALTHY and STRONG females (And that is nothing to be ashamed about). Our toned and muscular bodies are proof that we work extremely hard on and off the field. Every scar tells a story and every bruise shows that we can still get up after taking a hard hit. We do not need to be 6 feet tall with perfect skin and a thigh gap to know that we are beautiful and successful in our own ways (But if you do look like that, more power to you :)).
To emphasize this, we made you a special Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2014 Parody video featuring our very own SGP Real Girl Runway Show. We wanted to express how it is OK to laugh at yourself, to be fun and wear whatever you want, to be yourself and most importantly, comfortable in your own skin. We can't all be those models, but we can be OURSELVES (And what is better than that?). (Click play to watch!)
Seeing models (such as ones who participated in the fashion show last night), cause women all over the world to criticize themselves because it makes them highlight their "imperfections". Most of the time these criticisms are focused on not feeling "thin" or "skinny" or "beautiful". We are all unique in our own way and that includes our OWN body. So embrace who you are and be proud. Remember that inner beauty is the best beauty of all. And as athletes, we love to eat. But HEY GUESS WHAT? WE NEED TO EAT! The saying "I'll run it off later" always comes to mind. Fueling our bodies is the most important thing we can do to take care of ourselves. We should never look at a model or celebrity and say "yes, I want to starve myself so I can look like her".
The moral of the story is we should take a moment every now and then to love and appreciate our athletic bodies. We were put on this earth, in the body we were given, so treat it right and be proud of it. There's no point in going through this life as anyone else but yourself. No matter how large you think your thighs are, how jacked your "hand on the hip" pictures look or how many shin scars you have... you are BEAUTIFUL. And don't you ever forget it.