Meghan Trainor is determined to bring down a prejudice that many Americans and Europeans face every day. Political correctness does not protect them. For more curvy women and larger people, size discrimination and body shaming are painful issues. Meghan talked about growing up with voluptuous curves in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s hard growing up, especially for young curvy girls like me. I remember shopping at the mall… and all my friends would be the small, and I would be getting that L. I couldn’t even shop at particular stores.”
Meghan Trainor is not alone, as the majority of women cannot wear clothing from the most popular stores and brands. The fashion industry has chosen to ignore a segment of the market that happens to include the majority. The average size for women is 16 or 18 but sizes 14 to 22 are not available in many stylish and trendy clothing lines, and some are not available above size 8. Meghan is a size 12. It is just one of the ways women of average size are body shamed into believing normal is bad. Trainor has taken up the task of positive reinforcement for curvy women.
Meghan Trainor has been a voice for self-acceptance. She has devoted considerable time and energy to combating body shaming, so it was quite a shock to her when she realized her latest video had been retouched to accentuate her waistline. To top it off her new song, “Me Too” is an anthem of empowerment to help women facing size discrimination and body shaming. So how wrong is it that someone took it upon themselves to try to make Trainor look slimmer on the video? Meghan told USA Today, how the altered video made her feel.
“I saw fans posting it and was like, ‘Why are fans ruining my waist? Are you kidding?’ Then I went to the video and was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I texted the editors like, ‘I never asked you to touch my waist. I want my waist back.'”
Meghan Trainor was absolutely furious, as well as hurt, by what she felt was yet another kind of body shaming. USA Today reports Meghan’s reaction.
“I screamed in my hotel room. I was like, ‘Why would they do this?’ I cried. I had to try not to cry because I had my [makeup] done, and was like, ‘Don’t ruin this. Go work and ignore it,’ but I couldn’t help it. I [posted a video] on Snapchat and was like, ‘Hey, took down my video because people are still breaking me and Photoshopping me and I’m sick of it. I’m over it. I’m so done.'”
Body shaming is a serious issue that has only intensified since the turn of the new century. Meghan Trainor used to feel intimidated by body shaming bullies, but now she’s learning to feel really great about her amazing bombshell body. She reported that the first time she watched her new video unedited, she felt really positive about how she looked.
“Dude, look at how bomb I look.”
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Body shaming took a new form. Someone tried to digitally remake her into their own image, so to speak. Making her a cookie cutter version of what society calls perfection was very hurtful, not only to Trainor but to women all over the world. They created impossible proportions to replace what is naturally beautiful and it infuriated Meghan.
“Why would they ever be like, ‘Let’s break her ribs!’ It’s insulting, it’s rude. Especially because I’m the only artist who talks about it.”
Meghan Trainor is attempting to create an atmosphere in which women of all sizes but especially extra large beauties can feel good about themselves. Many of her songs address maintaining a positive body image in an empowering way that shows people of all sizes and shapes can be beautiful.
Meghan Trainor is an inspiration to large and extra curvy women because she is learning to accept herself as she is.
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