By Jessica Dufresne
It seems everything in this world is dedicated to helping women lose weight, love their curves, camouflage their curves, etc. Countless shows and articles cater to weight loss and the physical and emotional struggles that go with it. What I never see, however, is the opposite: help for the skinny woman. Believe it or not, slim women share similar issues, and it would be nice to have the kind of support system bigger women enjoy.
Yes, I know there is an obesity problem in this country and sure, it’s unfair that the media bombards us with images of stick-thin amazons all the time—but that waif-as-a-standard-of-beauty ideal is not the norm in Black and Hispanic communities. On the contrary, the thicker you are, the better—so as a slim woman in those circles, you’re regarded as an oddity.
Please understand: I’m not panning for sympathy so much as making it known that being thin while black ain’t easy. (But I wouldn’t mind a reality show or magazine fashion feature dedicated to gaining weight and camouflaging curveless figures, either.)
So just what are skinny girl problems, anyway?