If you are struggling with body image, I would like to say that you should all watch Ru Pauls Drag Race.
I have had body image issues for years. I believe that part of this is because the LGBT community had not recognized Gender Fluid. Growing up I was never feeling completely like a tomboy or a girly girl. In the 80s and 90s, you were either a girly girl or a tomboy. I would feel more masculine one day and more feminine the other day. There were days I was dressed up like a boy and other days I was wearing dresses. Some days I wanted to fix my hair and makeup and look pretty and other days I would just want to run around climb trees and play with the boys. I never understood why this was. So, I had a lot of body issues. On the days where I felt girly, I hated my size. I was a UK size 12 and maybe 11 stone and just felt fat. Other days I would hate myself because I was not muscly and strong and I felt weak.
This has led me into adulthood where I still hate the way my body is for different reasons. Because of my acquired disabilities and the meds that I am on, I started gaining weight especially when I was massively unemployed. I went from being a size 12 to a size 24+. My body image has been really low.
Yet, I started watching Ru Paul's Drag Race and I have been feeling less self-conscious. So let me tell you why.
To be a Drag Queen you have to be a man dressing up as a woman. Whether or not you look like a dude in women's clothing or not this takes a hell of a lot of courage. There is so much negativity out there in the world and words like "trannie" being thrown around by people who just don't get it. So, for these Queens to get up on TV and show both their male side and their Drag persona's it takes BALLS.
Now, we also have to talk about the strongest point of being a Drag Queen. TUCKING! Whilst I do not completely understand it, it involves a lot of duck tape on the meat and veggies as well as pushing veggies inside you. I can just imagine how much that can be painful. I would never think of putting duck tape down there to make it look like I have a penis so to all Drag Queens out there you are SUPER DUPER CRAZY BRAVE!
I have seen on the show Queens come in all shapes and sizes. I have seen Queens with long hair, short hair, no hair. For once I have seen people on television that I can relate to.
I want to see more shows that showcase amazing people in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes. I honestly think we need to be helping people to feel beautiful.
In the words of Ru Paul herself "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else." We all have to love ourselves and we deserve to see people on shows that are more diverse in ethnicity, religion, shapes and sizes, sexuality, disability, and gender. We need to see them in non-sterotypical roles.
Thank You, Ru Paul! You are one FIERCE DIVA!