Have you guys ever stopped to consider just how rare it is for us to see a photo of a woman in lingerie or other clothing that is sexy and flesh-revealing, that hasn’t been photoshopped?

I’m sure you all have, at least to some extent. After all, most of what we see looks something like this:

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All images stolen from a Google search for “lingerie model”, without permission. This is why I don’t currently plan to ever make money from this blog.

And these sorts of sculpted, specially designed bodies are everywhere, because they are used in advertising, and advertising is everywhere. Their prevalence comes with the cost of the lack of exposure to other body types in the media.

The problem with this is that the photoshopped images in all their prevalence give the impression that the body type they portray is more common than it is. Indeed, if the only knowledge you had of the human race was from advertising, you would probably believe that it is the only body type. So used are we to these images, that the sight of a woman whose body deviates from this type seems abnormal and unpleasant to look at, as opposed to completely normal, pleasant, and, yeah, arousing, to see.

It’s a terrible world to be in from that perspective. If you spend adequate amounts of time looking at advertising and these painted bodies that look enough like real humans for us to believe that they are real humans, we can hardly be blamed for thinking that we, with our bumps and lumps and wrinkles and scars and fat and bones, are abnormal.

Bearing this in mind, I firmly believe that the time to bring more unpainted bodies into the spotlight is now. And this is why I worship the very ground that Chrystal Bougon and the rest of the Curvy Girl Inc. team stand upon.

On 14th November, Chrystal invited women that wear a (US, presumably) Size 16 and up to take sexy photos of themselves in lingerie or similarly revealing clothing and post them on the Curvy Girl Lingerie Facebook page AS THOUGH PEOPLE MIGHT ACTUALLY WANT TO LOOK AT THEM SHOCK HORROR.

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All images taken from Curvy Girl Inc.

From my perspective, it’s such a refreshing thing to see – women in the spotlight, in their underwear, who have not been painted over to within an inch of their lives. And fat women, no less. You can see every little imperfection and these women are displaying them proudly. Whether or not they realise it, they are far braver than most of the rest of us.

And I’ll admit, when first came across these pictures I was a little surprised, and I’m ashamed to say that my thoughts were not necessarily positive. But I very quickly got over it, because as I looked at more and more of these photos, it was like I was adjusting myself to seeing reality, rather than the artificial world advertising likes to create. And that reality, I can now see, is beautiful.

And that’s the thing. I realise that as an activist I have become used to changing and adjusting my often biased and privileged opinion as new information and knowledge comes to me. Others might be more resistant. But the more that people are exposed to these reality-depicting photos, the less shocking they will become. And if we become more used to seeing this variety in the media and the like, more tolerance towards ours and others bodies surely, surely, will follow. 

That’s just my opinion though. What do you guys think?

24 thoughts on “Curvy Girl Regular Women Campaign: I freaking love this thing.

    1. Thank you for the compliment.

      I think that reaching for good health can be a positive thing, but I would not say that being healthy is a reason for admiration in itself. Health is also quite a genetic thing, as well as being a subjective thing.

  1. The makers of Dove toiletries used ‘real’ people for their ad campaigns a few years ago and it worked. I so agree that it’s a refreshing change to see curvy ladies with all their imperfections proudly showing off their bodies. Reading in the media today, my hubby informed me that the average Brit female is 5 ft 3 in tall and weighs in at 11 stone. On another chart, you will see those figures as bordering on obesity. I’m taller and heavier, and the figures they quote for me are laughable as I haven’t been that light since I was at school. I am a ‘big’ girl but not in the way that make men drool as ‘big’ does not refer to just one part of my anatomy. I wouldn’t have the confidence to take a photo of me in my undies let alone put it in the public eye, but I’m comfortable in and with my body. Saying that, hubby says he’s proud to walk down the street with me at his side. That’s what counts. To be loved for the person you are, not what some ‘professional’ says you should be.

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. You sound as though you have an awesome story behind you.

      The Real Beauty Campaign is an interesting one – I studied it extensively in my Marketing course. The fact that it was so successful shows that this culture WANTS to see different, more varied, and above all more realistic bodies. I think we have a ways to go, however.

  2. I won’t be putting up a photo of myself in my undies on Facebook anytime soon (I would probably feel that way regardless of my weight/appearance), but good for the women who can. Imagine if a potential employer found that, though! Haha.

  3. Great Post. I love reading the the topics you write about. Being happy in your own self is so important and hopefully, we’ll continue to see more and more changes in the way women are portrayed in advertising etc.

    1. Aww, thank you. *blush*
      We can only hope. I mean, I do genuinely think things are changing, and in some ways for the better. But sadly I’ve been reading a bit of stuff lately that’s making me think some things are getting much worse. Which is extremely frustrating.

  4. Fantastic post, couldn’t agree more. I was really inspired by a labelled picture of a normal body you featured a few posts ago and am in the process making one of my own for my blog …. you know, your message IS getting touching a lot of people and even if things are getting worse in general, your blog is doing a great job of helping your readers to look at ourselves – and other women – more favourably. Hopefully you know that, but just wanted to say thankyou

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments. It is good to read that what I’m writing is reaching people, as it were.

      And yeah, you’re absolutely right about it not just being bigger girls, and thank you for pointing that out. I would like to see a similar campaign featuring all sorts of women. Curvy Girl Inc’s target market is size US14+ women so I guess it makes sense that this campaign was only for them, but yeah. I’d love to see a similar campaign featuring ALL of the sizes, definitely.

  5. Wow, I love this!!!
    I’m going to have to submit a photo of myself in my sexy purple bra and panties. 😉 My husband loves me in that, but I still think of myself as fat and unattractive. Thanks for posting this.

  6. You are very quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite bloggers!
    As lizziebulleyment wrote, we all have body image issues. Until I was about fifteen, I was ridiculed for being too thin. Then I was considered too heavy. Every one of us bear imperfections: dimples, scars, stretch marks, whatever. Instead of celebrating those things that make us unique we, as a society, choose instead to worship at the altar of the unattainable. What good does it do us?

    1. Aww, thank you! That’s such a flattering thing for any sort of writer-type person to hear. 🙂
      I agree about us “all” having body images issues. I was in a video about a year ago about eating disorders, and one thing I said was that most people don’t have a positive body image. What I didn’t add was that anybody who does have positive body image is almost seen as narcissistic, up themselves, and otherwise “bad” in a lot of ways. That strikes me as just insane. What the hell has happened to us as a society for that to be the norm?

    2. “…celebrating those things that make us unique…”
      For me this is the most important thing. The “imperfections” are what make us individuals, they are a part of each person’s respective history and feeling of self. It’s part of what makes people interesting.
      I think it’s too bad that many women are made to feel insecure about their bodies by the bogus standard presented in mass media. Many men as well, for that matter. But that’s humanity for you, always fooling itself in to believing some nonsense or other.

      1. Well it’s easier for us to believe what we’re told, isn’t it?

        I definitely agree. My body tells a story, and I don’t want to hide that story. Nobody should want to hide that story.

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