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Your 2 Cents: Gabrielle

April 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Note: I frequently feature readers’ answers to one or more of the questions Emma and I asked on our road trip. Find out how to submit here.

Gabrielle, 19: Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, to her former fashion-designer mother, currently an artist, student, and founder of The Stripped Project, a subversive art project about reality, body image, and beauty.

What’s your number one women-related issue that really gets under your skin?

I’m sick of unhealthily thin women being idolized. I get so angry when my friends complain about their belly fat or I see an article on some new expensive fad diet, because I’ve been there and I know what it’s like to hate your body. I used to obsess over my thighs, my stomach, and especially my breasts. I desperately wanted to look like a little boy — flat-chested, no hips, all bones and angles — because I thought that would make me happy. I thought looking a certain prescribed way would make me loveable. Eventually I realized that I wasn’t missing anything. Being thinner didn’t make me happy. All those women who live on lettuce and lime jello are not enjoying themselves. They’re dying.

Tags: Southern Series · Your 2 Cents

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rosie // Apr 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I completely agree. Why not enjoy that delicious meal you are craving. Then shake your booty afterwards and show off those fabulous curves.

  • 2 Amanda Jordan // Apr 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Yay Gabby! I love you and this is so incredibly awesome! I agree with you 100%!

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