I don’t tend to write very opinionated posts because I’m not the sort of person who likes to cause controversy, therefore I just tend to write about what I like, maybe I should have called the blog Kim Likes? However, there is something that I really want to express my opinion on, and that’s Polly Vernon’s Grazia article “Has skinny really gone out of fashion?”.
I read it this afternoon after seeing some comments on how it is a bit Kenneth Tong-ish, and I couldn’t disagree more. After seeing me tweet about reading it, Polly asked what I thought and I said “Personally, I wouldn’t want to be a size 6, but I’d like to drop a size to a 10. But I didn’t think that you’re article was saying that everybody should be a size 6, it was just saying that many people do want to be skinny, but they deny it because they feel like it’s wrong to say it, which is fair enough” she said that is exactly how she hoped it would be read, she didn’t say “you don’t want to be a size 6, you disgust me”. Furthermore, I agree with her point.
I think her point is aimed at people like me. To put this into context I’m just short of 5’8”, have no idea what I weigh but I’m generally a size 12 in dresses, and a 14 in trousers as I do have a relatively big bum. I have almost always been a little heavier than I want to be and I do want to lose a few pounds, so I am a 10/12 rather than a 12/14, but I find it hard because I genuinely enjoy food. And yes, I think about my weight a lot, I’m not sure how often other girls do, but for me it’s at least 4/5 times a day. However, I find myself being careful about saying it mainly because a few times it has been met by “You look fine as you are, why do you want to look like one of those size 0 models?”, when that’s not what I said at all.
By saying I want to be a little skinnier I seem to be saying that waif-like models are goddesses, Kenneth Tong is right (he isn’t and I hugely disagree with his Twitter debacle), and anyone bigger than a size 10 is obese, I become shallow and image obsessed, even though I’m not saying any of those things. I think the reason we feel bad for wanting to be skinny is because magazines write “EMBRACE YOUR CURVES” and “SIZE 14 WALKS THE CATWALK” on one page, then put a 6ft size 0 model in gorgeous clothing on the next, and diet tips on the page after that, no wonder we’re confused.
I’m not saying that being skinny would make me happy and my life better, it’s just one of many aspects in life. I became rather skinny after being ill for a month once, and it’s not a good look for me, I put the weight back. However, wearing a sleeveless top with toned arms would give me a little smile when I passed a mirror on a summer day.