Yesterday, Rosie Waterland posted a naked picture of herself on the internet. With that image, she wrote a powerful post about why she felt the need to bare everything. You can read that remarkable post here.
The image ruffled a few feathers, so Rosie has responded to the reaction in her signature style.
Why write about how important it is not to focus on physical appearance, and then attach a naked photo of yourself?
Good question hahahaha.
So… This whole nudie pic thing became a much bigger deal than what I anticipated! Your reaction has been overwhelming and lovely. I will say this though:
I get that it may seem counterintuitive to post a status about how appearance shouldn’t matter, and then attach a naked photo of myself. I get that. I thought a lot about that before I posted it actually. I mean, if the physical really doesn’t matter and I don’t want it to be an issue, why did I put up a photo that very clearly made it an issue? Well, I had a message to get across I guess, and being a bigger woman, I felt like I was in a somewhat unique position to do so visually.
I have been seeing so many women, much thinner than me, constantly talking about how they’ve achieved things in life in spite of their flaws. The thing that bothers me about that discourse, is that ‘flaws’ are even being talked about at all, and so damn often. Why is the physical always so important? So high on the agenda? There just seems to be this overarching attitude that the physical should always be top on the list of values and priorities and attention.
That’s why I posted the status and photo.
2015 was a huge year for Rosie Waterland (post continues after video):
I highlighted my flaws to show how frustrated I am that we even obsess about flaws to begin with! A little counterintuitive, yes, but I just wanted to say, “Look. I’m not a thin woman. In fact, I have a body that a lot of women would consider their worst nightmare. I know there are things about me that are not conventionally attractive, but I’m happy with myself because my appearance isn’t what I value most about myself. So take a look at me. Take a look at this photo. Take a look at my ‘flawed’, chubby body, and know that if I can get on with life not constantly obsessing over my looks, then you can too.”