This is a GOOD trend to follow. Inspire yourself to quit listening to that little voice inside your head, or the longing you have to be like that girl sitting a few rows over who you think looks just like Barbie. BE YOURSELF! Its the best thing ever. Stand up for how beautiful you are inside and out and sign Seventeen’s Body Peace Treaty.
What the Editor of Seventeen says:
A weird thing happens when you’re a teen – suddenly your body isn’t yours anymore. It grows in places you’re not expecting, you get clumsy, and for the first time, other people are looking at – and commenting on! – your shape. You feel like an alien! Ugh . . . I remember that feeling. I gained like 30 pounds the year between 14 and 15. I had been super-thin and lanky, and suddenly I had curves everywhere. I know it was a natural part of growing up (it didn’t help that I worked at a bakery and ate donuts all the time!), but I felt like my body had a mind of its own. I wore loose clothes and hoped that no one noticed. . . . But then one afternoon I was making a snack, and my friend made a comment about the little bulge around my middle. I laughed it off – we’d always joked like that. But my dad put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Oh, leave her alone – she’s working on it. It was awesome that he defended me – but it freaked me out that other people were examining my body (and that it needed “working on!). I felt so exposed.
You can see in this pic how uncomfortable I was back then: the defensive body language, the big slouchy sweater, the pillow I’m hiding behind. It took a long time before I learned to own my womanly figure. If only I could get back every minute I spent obsessing about my shape. It’s pointless and self-destructive. Now I want to make sure you never waste another precious second feeling lousy. That’s why we’re launching the Seventeen Body Peace Project (page 112) – think of it as a personal pact you make to help turn off those negative thoughts. And everyone at Seventeen is making the pact right along with you! Ready to change the way you think about your body? Tell me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.