I was in the Restaurant in Pattaya, Thailand with a Couchsurfing member when I saw these two women on the beach below. I was struck by the contrast; one was slim and obviously young, while the other will probably never see 40 nor wear a size 12 again.
Do you think both women’s bodies are beautiful? Chances are, if you’re raised in the kind of society that we have now, you would probably say only the woman in the left can be called that.
After all, we have been indoctrinated to appreciate only slim, lithe, and young figures; any sign of fat or cellulite is enough to turn us off. One only has to look at how a woman’s body is portrayed in the media to know that this had been very effective indeed.
And yet, watching the woman in green swim in the ocean and join her younger companion on the beach, I could see no discomfort, no insecurity nor hesitation in proudly displaying her body in public.
She seemed very much comfortable in her own skin as she and her friend enjoyed a day out at the beach. To me, this confidence and self-acceptance is beautiful, and no matter how much she weighed, that makes her beautiful in my eyes.
How about you? Do you think that both women can be called beautiful?