Empowered Swaggerette: Valerie Bertinelli

In a new interview with People Magazine, Valerie Bertinelli speaks about the pain of growing up in front of the cameras amid criticism and pressure. Now, at 60 she’s found self love and acceptance as an empowered woman.

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/wellness/valerie-bertinelli-talks-about-her-lifelong-issues-with-her-weight-has-struggled-to-discuss-her-feelings-after-brothers-death/ar-BB1420bH

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The “One Day at a Time” actress reveals when her issues with food started, saying, according to “Today”: “The very first time I became really aware of my body, I remember my fifth-grade teacher patted me on the belly and said, ‘You might want to keep an eye on that.

Bertinelli insists she no longer puts as much pressure on herself: “I don’t weigh myself as much anymore. I’ll put on some jeans once in a while to see how they feel. Why do I have to know the number I am?”

– People Interview excerpts

I remember when the 2009 cover came out  I wished so badly I could wear a bikini. I had put on so much weight under some serious depression, my bikini days way behind me. Over a decade later I’m accepting of the body I have and proud of the woman I’ve becomeimage111

While I know this happens to men and women, the pressure on women is a lot tougher starting when we’re little girls. Adults need to become conscious of the pressures and body shaming we put on little girls who grow up seeing themselves as flawed instead of unique and beautiful.

I hope celebrities of all sizes keep sharing their stories so women everywhere will never feel alone.

 

 

Curvy Swaggerette: Tess Holliday, Curvy Supermodel

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The model on the cover of the June 2015 issue of People magazine may have been bullied at one time but she’s enjoying some serious redemption with a successful modeling career. Tess Holliday (aka Tess Munster), supermodel is the creator of the “EFF Your Beauty Standards” movement and building a major curvy brand.

“Tess is a Plus-Size Model, Make Up Artist, Body Positive Activist and Blogger based in L.A., who turned her hobbies into a successful career. She says she is now doing what she always dreamed of.

Tess was born in a small town in Mississippi, July 1985. She always longed for a life bigger than what her small town could offer. She had always been different than other girls growing up; Tess was teased for being curvy, fair skinned, and short. The bullies at school were relentless, but she kept her head up. Knowing that she’d never quite fit in never kept Tess from dreaming.” – excerpt from www.tessmunster.com

It takes a lot of courage and confidence to pull off a career like hers. Being featured on a mainstream magazine like People is pretty impressive. I’m sure it will not be long before controversy will follow. At size 22 there will be many that have much to say but for now I’m celebrating a curvy woman with the title “Supermodel” beside her name.