Phew! I LOVE passionate women, and it looks like I have scores of them as my customers. Nice. It just proves that crazy people attract crazy people. So, it occurred to me that maybe I came off a little biased, considering some of the comments on my last blog, so I wanted to clarify a few things.
*I actually don't mind photo-shopped images. *gasp!* There, I said it. What I DO mind is the fact that we're only shown one body type in the media. I would be thrilled to see just a nice average size 10, even if they had painted out her zits. I think everyone thinks in extremes when this issue comes up, and everyone wants more "Plus Size" and "Curvy Girls". What about even just the ones in between? There's a crazy amount of stunning women out there in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps I should just grab ALL of my customers, and we'll storm Vogue and force them to photograph us in all of our glory whilst we wave donuts in front of them!!!
*I don't hate and loathe "skinny" girls. Well..I might be jealous of the ones that can throw down a chinese buffet, get ice cream afterward, and still gulp down soda. (That would be one of my best buds from high school, and I just described an actual girls' night out that we had.) and I don't mind them being in magazines....heck, they're in MY magazine. Like I said, I just would appreciate a good variety.
*Ohhhhh, smack down. Yes, some of you have actually come into my booth at renaissance festivals and called me out on the "variety" of women I have in my current magazine. EEek! Sorry. You should see what's happened when I've tried to ask different sizes of women to model for me. Honestly? I'm usually met with a bit of hostility. They either think that I'm being sarcastic OR they don't want to be a "plus size model". Yikes. I call things like I see them, occasionally to my detriment....but if you guys beheld how many women instantly freeze up and start spewing protestations when I tell them that they're quite pretty. For instance, at my festival this last weekend, I saw this woman that I sincerely thought was one of the most gorgeous creatures I've ever seen. With my eyes bugging, I went and took her hand, shook it, and said, "You're so pretty, you ought to be beaten." She pulled a face, denied my compliment in a mumbled something as she walked out of the booth. Okay.....so I guess I shouldn't have told her the "being beaten" part, but what about what happened LAST time I just said it simply??? I saw a 50 year old woman that reminded me of my mom, and while we were talking, I interrupted her sentence and said, "You should just know that you are absolutely lovely." She exclaimed, "Oh, I'm just an old fat lady!" and then...well...things were sort of awkward.
*Holy Love! Speaking of my Mom! She denies every single nice thing I say to her about her looks! What has gotten into us women???? I think we might be feeding the beast that we all complain about. Oh, that's a bad feeling.
*So, have I clarified enough here? I like everyone. Everyone is pretty. We should all be happy all the time. ;)
P.S. I like the angry posts, even if they're directed at me. They always give me something to dwell on as I sew.