28 May Celebrating Celebrities?
Ok, I admit it- I like to read about celebrities. On one site I frequent, typical headlines include, “XYZ Celeb Debuts Incredible Post-Baby Body” or “ABC Reality Star Shows Off Slim Bikini Body.” Upon closer inspection, I’ve noticed that these articles make me regard my own body with increasing frustration and contempt!
A several weeks ago, however, I found a refreshingly different interview at Ladies Home Journal. Mariska Hargitay stars in Law & Order: SVU and has three children. As the daughter of 1950s and ‘60s bombshell Jayne Mansfield, Mariska inevitably faces questions about her body. But in a thin-obsessed culture and profession, her answers are surprising.
Of her curves, Mariska says, “I love my curves because they scream, “I’m a mama!” … I’m just grateful that my body is healthy. I want to be on this planet for a long time, so I try to eat things that make me feel good and make me strong. But I also love food and I love life: Some days having that extra bowl of pasta and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup means more to me than being thin.” Did a successful Hollywood actress really just say that?!
And considering her body at age 49, Mariska says, “Things are sagging a bit — I’m not going to lie. But am I going to be upset about the sag or am I going to look at my three gorgeous kids and my husband and count my lucky stars?”
Now that’s the kind of attitude I want to have about my body! Imagine – if instead of beating myself up about my cellulite, an occasional candy bar, and my creeping weight, what if I regarded my curves as a blessing and as a mark of my womanhood? Fortunately, I have much more to say than “count my lucky stars.” I can thank and praise the Lord on high who “knit me together in my mother’s womb,” blesses me beyond measure, and gives me a body that is healthy and strong. That’s something worth celebrating!~Keri Geary, Downtown
We recently held our Body Matters conference that addresses body image issues with which women struggle. Reacps can be found here: The Body Masked, The Body Created, The Body Managed, and The Body Redeemed. Video and aduio of the conference are available here.