Inspirational Women – Kate Upton

 

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She’s only 20, yet she’s a number one sex symbol worldwide. But there’s also something really refreshing about Kate Upton – she’s honest, she’s curvy and she comes across as incredibly normal whilst possessing maturity beyond her years. She just had to be a part of my Inspirational Women series.

She’s aware that she is a prominent person and a huge role model to women globally  because of her modelling career – but also has something to say about Photoshop culture and marketer’s responsibilities to women.

Of beauty and the falsehood of Photoshop, she says: “Most of the time the model is retouched and too skinny and other people get depressed by it…it’s not realistic for that model or for that woman reading the magazine to think she should look like that.”

Of her own body image: “Everybody goes through hard times, regardless of if they are being criticised for their body.”

Some might say Kate speaking out is ‘all very well’ considering she is a beautiful globally recognised model and a prominent part of the industry itself. No, she’s not necessarily brave or noble, but she speaks with kindness, honesty and integrity which may inspire other women and also proves that each and every one of us has bad days. What do you think of Kate and her comments?

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Inspirational Woman – Monica Bellucci

For me, Monica Bellucci is femininity defined. Like the quintessential ‘Madonna’ figure in the beautiful murals of Caravaggio and Michaelangelo, she is sensual and demure, exquisitely expressive and passive all in one.

What’s more, she is not afraid to be herself. Unapologetic, many of her images in her heydey were nudes. Sprawled in front of the camera, with a wry half-smile or a piercing glare dominating the image, it’s still impossible not to notice her figure.  But voluptuous Bellucci is not a stick insect. She is a woman with imperfections, yet this is what makes her so perfect for me.

Not only does she refuse to conform or comply with ‘rules’ on body image and a desire to be perfect, her attitude to life is also unique and she feels strongly about beauty not playing  a dominant role in her life, despite being imbroiled in an industry which is centered around it.

My favourite quote from Monica has to be this one:

“I know many beautiful people and their lives are just so terrible. They feel so uncomfortable with themselves. Being comfortable is not about what you look like, but how you feel.”

This rings true for me because often, those who are the most insecure are very beautiful, striving constantly for a form of perfection which simply does not exist. It really is so important that you feel comfortable and love yourself, as that way you don’t worry about the opinions and expectations of others.

In addition to this, how many of us have ‘fat days’ – when you feel ugly and huge and nothing is right? You stare vehemently at your ‘imperfections’ in the mirror, and berate yourself inside for not paying more attention to your appearance. The next day however, you could be on top of the world. Those imperfections which were so mortifying just 12 hours ago now seem to have disappeared. This proves the power of the mind – and that it really is down to how you feel, and not how you actually look, that determines happiness.

Isn’t this a running theme that these women are all beautiful, in completely different ways; yet what they all have in common is their incredible hunger for life and desire to live it to the full, without being shackled to an obsession with appearance.

Enjoy Monica in all her glory below:

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This Week’s Inspirational Woman – Robyn Lawley

I think you’ll agree that Robyn Lawley is absolutely stunning. The 24-year-old Australian model has been featured in campaigns for Calzedonia, Ralph Lauren and Boux Avenue.

Robyn is a size 16 and 6′ 2”, and in the fashion industry she is classed as ‘Plus-Size’. However as she rightly says, this is rather misleading.

“I’m normal size. I wish we could all be known as models, rather than ‘plus-size’. It’s the skinny models who should be called ‘minus-size’.

The most inspiring thing about her for me is that she has been through the trials and tribulations of any of us girls in her teen years. Of course her height (plus beautiful face and hair) meant she was perfect for modelling; but ‘All I had to change was my body’.

She spent her late teens on extreme diets with a fluctuating weight, with one constant theme; she was terribly unhappy. She’s experienced the crippling insecurity borne out of trying to be someone she isn’t; someone she feels she ‘should be’.

She entered her first modelling competition aged 15. “The other girls were skinny…but I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, my thighs are touching.’ All my weight was in my face, I’d plucked my eyebrows into a skinny line and was bleaching my hair to look pretty.”

Haven’t we all been there? Perhaps not standing in a bikini in a modelling competition…but almost in our own competition, lining ourselves up against other, ‘skinnier, prettier’ girls and feeling guilty, disgusting and inferior as a result?

Robyn’s attitude to life and appearance is refreshing for someone who is in such an image-obsessed industry. She firmly believes that life is to be enjoyed, not to be spent worrying about how fat or thin you are. “If you feel guilty about food, it stops you from being in the moment”. She says.

Isn’t this a refreshing breather from the onslaught of Victoria’s Secret models, all muscle and bone with harsh fitness regimes and extreme diets which girls all over the world are trying to replicate.

Each and every one of us can take inspiration from Robyn and try to love ourselves a little bit more. She is proof that it can be done – and she is now successful, happy and, of course, beautiful.

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Rose xx

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