Kristen Mcmenamy on body image

05/07/2012

Kristen McMenamy photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italy September 2009
At first, I wanted to write something similar myself, but then came across this story from Love magazine and thought that hearing it from Kristen Mcmenamy, a supermodel and a true legend, would make the message more powerful and even more meaningful.

The body you're given, the mind you're given, the morality and hang ups you're given, they're yours. Deal with it. That's the way it is - that's what you realise when you get older. You think "one day I'll be this, one day I'll be a Buddha Zen and I'll weigh five pounds less..." and then it doesn't happen. One day never comes and you realise you're getting older and you think "God, OK, accept, accept!"

I have to say though, I like my body more than my face. I never liked my face, it was always not right. Sometimes it looks good in a picture.

We're all the same. I can have a fat month and I can feel totally horrible in my skinny jeans, then the next month I can be four pounds less and I'll feel great. I think all women have that, and it's just that your body fluctuates.

You see a picture of a model and you think it's static, you think that's the way that person always is, but it's not true. You have fat days too! I hate the fat days! No! It's not good. I know people will hate me saying that - I'm a model - but the way you feel in your mind is the same. In your head it's a fat day.

And I look at people who are curvy and I'm crazy with jealousy over them.

The truth is that even I'm fooled by magazines. I look at Heat or something like that and I think "they're all so gorgeous, they have perfect wardrobes and perfect bodies and blah, blah, blah!" And here I am a model! I still fall for it. I put down Heat and I hate my face. So if I can be fooled, every one can be fooled.

Photo source: Kristen McMenamy photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italy September 2009

3 comments:

  1. This is a really amazing text, loved reading it! I've started a more strict diet and I've been feeling a lot better about my body image, still it's so good to know that even models have weight fluctuations and days in which they struggle with their image!
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  2. A simple yet powerful message. I love what she says in the beginning: "The body you're given, the mind you're given, the morality and hang ups you're given, they're yours. Deal with it." This says it all. xo

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  3. This is actually my favourite editorial of hers. I remember so well reading it and the moment in my life I was at. In fact, I even based a painting on it (I'll send you the link ) xx

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