Try not to hate them.
And don’t hate them, love them. Love them because their bodies are like your bodies. Cosmo (yes, Cosmo the magazine that can often be criticized for the impossible ideals and attitudes it imprints on its readers) deems these bodies smokin’ yet as I flipped through expecting perfectly scultped otherworldly goddesses on the beach, I was surprised to see curves and cellulite abound. Slide 34: Supermodel Heidi Klum with a small bust and womanly hips. I saw no six-pack abs here. It was a reminder that these celebs are humans just like the rest of us. These women we idolize have healthy jiggle and beautiful hips and even the stick thin models don’t look so perfect in real life either. That’s one of the great pro’s of paparazzi photos—these models and celebs are in the real world, with none of the strategic lighting or photoshop that allows magazines to mold women’s photos to the unattainable ideals magazines constantly have girls chasing after.
So this is my message to the girls struggling with their own body image out there:
Look through all the slides, take note of all the different body types. Notice the how most of the women don’t have mile-long legs, some of the bony-chests, some of the big chests. Notice the strong shoulders, strong thighs (the lack of thigh gap), the wiggly arms and how beautiful these women are without makeup. I’m sure you’ll find a few beautiful women here who have body features that look like yours. And instead of wishing you could have Alessandra Ambrosio’s body (I don’t), find the celebrity with a body like yours and realize that one of your idols looks just like you. You already have that hot celebrity bod you’ve been chasing. Be proud of your body, and don’t chase after theirs, because you can only be you, and you are beautiful.