It’s come up a few times in the last few years, like, ‘You’re too fat for this.’ And I’m just sitting here like, 'Wait, what? Do you want a skeleton?’ But I feel good. I don’t want to lose 20 pounds, because I don’t need to…There was a point where it was getting to where a size 2 was great. I’m a size 2, but I think that a size 4 is healthy. I think that all of these sizes are healthy.
—  Ashley Benson [x]

anonymous asked:

How do I stop feeling that I need a supermodel's body to be happy, and getting jealous when I see somebody skinner than me?

It is widely known that the images we see of models are most often enhanced in a way that does not accurately reflect even their own body shape, size, length, width, etc. 

However, more importantly when did ‘skinny’ equal value as a person? Think hard about the impact of the images that portray body shape as being linked to success and resist buying into what society tells us is beautiful.

Your body will feel and look best via a healthy diet, regular exercise and a strong sense of self-belief. These will all be unique to you because you are your own person whose mind should be thinking about all the exciting ways you want to live your life rather than wasting its time focusing on issues that are irrelevant to your happiness or the happiness of others.

- Tanya

On body image

I’m lucky in that I’ve never really struggled with body image. I come from a family of skinny, active people who spend their summers hiking and biking. I’m lucky to have a healthy set of genes, a good metabolism, and that I’m able to afford pretty decent food to put into my body and exercise often. I’ve tried, especially, to step back and understand the struggles of others when it comes to not having that luxury, or begin born in the type of body I was born in. I’m lucky, I realize that, and I’m grateful.

If anything has surprised me, though, especially after my dip into being underweight last year (and gaining back a significant amount last semester) is that I am beginning to resemble a woman with shape. I have muscle on my arms, where they used to look skeletal. I have fat on my hips, right below where you used to be able to see my ribs. Maybe this is just a part of growing older, as my body slows down it’s growth. I don’t know. I have mixed feelings. I am frustrated that I can no longer fit into my jeans from high school (but that was bound to happen at some point I guess) but impressed and excited that I have biceps and thigh muscle from hiking and climbing. And fat, even. I definitely look healthier than I did in some old photos. The arms, though. It’s mostly my arms. The difference is pretty incredible.

I briefly thought about losing my feminine appearance the more muscle I gain. But reading Courtney Wood’s most recent snippet realigned my thoughts- I shouldn’t be concerned with how slim or curvy I am. I know what I want. I want to be strong, whatever size that may be.