Fat is the new thin…or is it still just fat?

‘Health should be a personal choice for somebody’. The words of Tess Holliday, the first plus sized model to be signed to an elite model agency this week as she gives an interview on CNN. But Holliday is being criticised for her looks already, whilst her and many other plus size models rejoice at the milestone overcome into the fashion world. And Holliday isn’t just getting criticised because she’s plus sized or ‘curvy’, she is getting criticized because she is fat, and much more than that, she is medically described as obese. At 5″5 and a UK size 24, and weight 18st.6lbs, Tess’ BMI (Body Mass Index) is 42, which is obese on the scale. In fact, it’s off the scale obese, yet the recently signed to MILK model management star claims she’s ‘healthy’ and works out ‘when she feels like it’.


So should Holliday be praised as a role model for ‘normal’ women or criticised for glamourising and okaying obesity? 1 in 5 children aged 11-15 in the UK today are diagnosed as obese, the figure a horrifying 1 in 3 in America. So where do our governing standards on ‘health’ as a promoted body image lie?

Whilst the media has been hounded for decades about promoting an unhealthy body image in the view of thin models such as Kate Moss to more recently Cara Delevigne, it has never really had the balls to be the same about so called ‘fat shaming’. Instead, when plus sized women are used for modeling purposes and as a size framework for mannequins in shops, they are show as a ‘realistic’ portrayal of women today.

Now I’m completely all for a positive body image, and I believe that no form of any media should force anyone to be ashamed of their shape. But I also believe in the media helping to promote a positive body image and I believe even more so that people should promote a healthy body image for themselves and to the rest of society. Actual role models in the media for ‘healthy’ sized women such as Holly Willoughby, are slated for highlighting their healthy shape and the fact that, shockingly she may have cleavage in some of her attire. But Holly Willoughby has been voted the UKs no.1 role model for the second year in a row, but how many people would know that? That kind of positive press is virtually ignored.

The reality is, Tess Holliday is promoting the right attitude to her viewers by exclaiming she loves the skin she’s in but her point is completely contradicted by the fact that she’s medically proven as obese. She is not healthy, fact. If she was healthy she would not be the size she is, her heart wouldn’t be under the pressure it is, her bones wouldn’t be under the pressure they are, and it’s all because of her size. She’s a beautiful girl, and when she’s interviewed the compliments made by awkward ‘normal sized’ news anchors are about her facial features, everything below the neck is very much brushed over.

Just because this particular model is seemingly representing a more realistic view of women today doesn’t make it something to praise and to promote in the media as the norm. Because Tess Holliday’s body shape is not ‘normal’, it is not average and it is certainly not ‘healthy’ on a medical scale. It’s as bad promoting Tess Holliday’s body shape as it is that it has taken this long for the modeling industry to accept someone in their books over a size 2 and promote them to celebrity status. Neither end of the spectrum is right in their portrayal of a ‘healthy’ body shape, and that’s the problem the media need to focus on correcting instead of fueling self doubt amongst readers and viewers and adding to the tug of war that will never be won.

Beauty Bible: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

I got the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for Christmas and I haven’t gone a day without using it. I seriously have used it when all I’ve done is go to the corner shop from my mum’s house, which is about a 2 minute walk…maximum.

I heard about this in 2012, and I remember thinking ‘PAH primer, my skin will manage to work it’s way through that’ as I always get a oily T zone whether I slap on talcum powder before foundation or if I strap a baby fan to my face all day. I’ve been using a Rimmel Stay Matte Primer for the past year, and I’ve got to say, it has if only psychologically improved my opinion of my oily T zone…

So, anyway, I have a friend with totally different skin to me that swears by this and I was skeptical but, I have to say this is one of my favourite primers I’ve ever used. It’s not greasy when you put it on, it doesn’t have a strong smell. It doesn’t make your face tacky at all, and it sits really comfortably underneath my foundation. And the best thing…it lasts all day. It actually does.

I had a day of work at 9am, dinner with a friend and the cinema, returning home at 11.30pm, so I’d had my make up on since 7.30am that morning, so that’s 15 hours without even as much as a powder application. I nearly burst into tears when I realised how well it had lasted, it’s a problem that’s plagued me ever since I started wearing make up, which is annoying because I have dry skin EVERYWHERE else so why such an oily T Zone though? And this primer hadn’t dried out my skin, it hadn’t caked around my nose at all. It made me feel photo ready and photo finished all day – and that is a winning formula for me.

Overall rating: 10/10

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