There has been so much praise today for the one “normal” Miss USA contestant, Miss Indiana. She is a gorgeous girl with curves. She has been praised for her bravery and for her “normal” body. Apparently, it’s brave to be normal. Or rather, it’s brave to be slightly larger than the majority of the women in the pageant world.
But I can’t help thinking — while all this praise for the “normal” model fills social media, what are we saying about the thin girls? Can’t they be normal too? As a very petite woman, am I not “normal”? Maybe I should try to gain 10 or 20 pounds to fit into the “normal” zone.
While all this debate kicks in about the “normal” size is for a woman, let me tell you a little story about what happened to this skinny girl last week. I had to attend an event and, of course, I had nothing to wear. I was shopping at the last minute and went to one of my favorite stores. I filled a dressing room with potential dresses and started the tedious task of trying them all on.
Can you believe it! Shapewear, so I could look thinner!! Lucky me!!
To be honest, I have nothing against shapewear, as a concept. I mean, what’s not to like about something that makes you look like you are perfectly toned without the hassle of a sweaty work out? Still, I find it hard to buy a dress that has shapewear built into a size zero, like it’s necessary. Like the slimmest of the slim still need a little help looking right. It’s like we’re back to the days where all proper ladies wore corsets to avoid looking human.
I join in the praise of Miss Indiana for rocking her size 4 body. I agree with everyone who says she looks normal and healthy. However, all the other girls who were thinner looked healthy to me too — and the reality is that the focus of the story still is the judgment of women based on the size of their bodies. When we single out for praise because a person is a little larger than the others, we make an implicit judgment that the others could stand to gain a few pounds.