Happiness real woman

Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


What is a “Real Woman?”

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We got an outpouring of comments last week when we posted Lizzie Miller’s photo from the September 2009 issue of Glamour, touting her as a “real woman.”

Lizzie Miller

When I called her a “real woman,” I was referring to the fact that she wasn’t overly photoshopped, but several commenters made a really great point about something else implied by that headline: did that mean women who don’t look like Lizzie aren’t real? Of course not! Today, I wanted to celebrate real women.

woman laughing

We come in all shapes and sizes, and as I’ve mentioned here before, I think that true beauty comes from within. Your size doesn’t define whether you’re a real woman any more than the color of your hair or skin. We’re all real women!

woman laughing

I think that media outlets do glorify impossibly thin models, so I was thrilled to hear from Amber Huffman, a gorgeous model who proves that you don’t have to be a size 0 to be beautiful.

amber huffman

Like many commenters pointed out, though, some women just have a high metabolism, and part of the backlash against the heroin chic models we’re used to seeing is that thin women are subject to a lot of envy. A woman who’s a size zero is as real as a size 12 or a size 20.

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I think that what we really need to see is a shift away from talking about dress size and towards talking about health and happiness. What do you think?

happy women


Image Credits:

  • Laughing mannequin. Creative Commons photo via gematrium
  • Lizzie Miller. Photo via September 2009 Glamour
  • Happy woman. Creative Commons photo via anuarsalleh
  • Woman laughing photo via Shutterstock
  • Amber Huffman photo by Gene Starr, used with permission
  • Happy women photo via Shutterstock
  • Girlfriends. Creative Commons photo by AngieSix

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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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