Is Normal Perfect?

5 mannequins with physical disabilities (1 with one leg, 1 in a wheelchair, 1 with curvature of the spine, 1 with 1 foot & 1 hand and 1 little person with physical limitations)
Pro Infirmis
Because Who Is Perfect? Get Closer.

It’s a balmy 10 degrees which is considerably warmer than the negative 4 degrees earlier this morning when I took my dog, Mollie, for a walk. I’m in that season of life where I have, what I like to refer to as, “private summers” and when it is so frigid out one would think I could call upon one to see me through but nope! The air was so cold I feared I’d lose my breath.

Today I knew I was going to talk about body shapes since this is a critical piece of determining the appropriate clothing for your body. But then, as often happens, I was inspired to address this issue of perfection or normal. For way too long we have been sold on the idea that there is something wrong with us and we need to strive for this unattainable thing called perfection. I don’t know about you but I’ve always struggled with thinking I was abnormal because I felt like I never quite fit in.

In last week’s Wardrobe Wednesday I talked about how one of the Golden Globes red carpet attendees, Gabourey Sidibe, recieved some very crude remarks on Twitter. The reason for the remarks was because she is a full-figured woman.

Back in December as I was perusing Facebook I found the most amazing video that reminded me of how poorly our society reflects the reality of who we are as humans. Without going into a deep discussion on the video as it is only a small portion of what I need to share today, it’s a beautiful representation of people with varying physical disabilities. At your leisure I urge you to view it by clicking HERE.

Before I lost my vision, when I looked around me no matter where I was, I saw all types of people. Yet when I saw print, virtual or other kinds of ads rarely would I see a reflection of the people out on the street, and I thought, why is that?

Images of full-figured mannequins from swedishmannequins.com
http://www.swedishmannequins.com

So when I found an article from New York Daily News on a photo of full-figured mannequins that went viral last year I felt it fitting to speak to it here on my post. With over 7 billion humans on this planet I would venture to guess that the vast majority of them are “regular” people? I could go further and say that there really is no perfect body or person for that matter however I believe we (all of us) are perfect in our imperfections.

Depending on where you look there are different references and quantities of body shapes. There are fruits and geometric symbols (apple, pear, triangle, and rectangle). Some charts have only 4 shapes and others have 6 or more. As indicated on the image I found on Pinterest, out of 6,318 women are percentages of where they fit in the following 4 shapes and a description of the shape:

4 Body shapes (apple, inverted triangle, rectangle & hour glass)
Pinterest
Via Janet Diep-Michalsen
  1. Hourglass 8.40 percent – bust and hips are basically the same circumference though the bust can be up to 1 inch larger than the hips. The waist is then 9 inches or more smaller than the bust.
  2. Rectangle 46.12 percent – the bust and hips are basically the same circumference. The waist is less than 9 inches smaller than the bust.
  3. Inverted triangle 13.83 percent – the bust is 3.6 inches or larger than the hips and the waist is less than 9 inches smaller than the bust.
  4.  Apple 20.92 percent – the hips are 2 inches or more, larger than the bust. The waist is less than 9.25 inches smaller than the bust.

Back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth I used to be a skinny rectangle. Today I think I’m more of an apple, so I have to think strategically when dressing to draw attention away from what I consider, are problem areas.

The casual outfit I chose for today consists of stone washed jeans, white tank top paired with a cozy off the shoulder grey sweater, tan knee-high suede boots, tan handbag and black sunglasses. I would have to swap out the stone washed jeans for dark denim to play down my hips. The bulkiness of the sweater’s neckline would also take onlooker’s eyes away from my hips.

Blue jeans, white tank top, grey cozy off the shoulder sweater, tan knee-high suede boots, tan leather & cloth handbag, black sunglasses
Pinterest
Via Alessia Angeli

Until tomorrow, be true to yourself!

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

5 thoughts on “Is Normal Perfect?”

  1. In 2006-07 winter season, I always long johns under my pants to keep me warm& boots to go to work at kowntown. For the last 2 years , I don’t wear long johns anymore. I just wear my black pants and teeshirts to work where my kitchen is warm, every time, I take the garbageout , I wear fleece jacketto keep me warm but my apron frozeup.
    While I am inside my apartment, I just wear lounging pants (flannel or cotton), and teeshirt.

    It;s just the way I wear.

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    1. I have some cute long johns given to me as a gift a few years ago and I can only wear them on the coldest of days (like yesterday). Otherwise I’d end up being a victim of spontaneous human combustion with my hot flashes lol.

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  2. This is a great post Steph. Unfortunately, the key players in the fashion world view the average size woman as full-figured. Which keeps the stigma that being very, very thin is in. And you are so correct by stating that our body types are often viewed as something that needs to be corrected. I am only about 5 feet tall and years ago, I attended a training on becoming a personal shopper and they would constantly say things like, “How to make a short woman appear taller.” I would always wonder…why would I want to appear taller. I rather like my size and height.

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    1. Thank you Glenda. Yeah, it’s a sad state of affairs but what’s interesting to me is even the most “beautiful” (physically attractive) people think there is something wrong with them. Another thing I’ve observed within the blind community is that once you take away the visual aspect then judging people on appearances goes completely out the window and you are left with only the content of a person. This means so much more to me now that I can’t see well. My only regret is that it’s taken so long for me to get to where I am today.

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