Now here’s some flaws.

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It’s not often, you would see a photograph of me in something above the knee let alone my swimmers, or God forbid my underwear. But after sitting back and watching the Jennifer Hawkins debate unfold over flaws and all naked marie claire cover, I felt that in this case words just wouldn’t be enough.

As Hubby and I flicked through the weekend papers yesterday and I saw the Jen pics, my first thought was: flaws and all my arse. Good for her for stripping down and good for marie claire for putting her on the cover un-re-touched. But hello people, if I had Jen’s body, I’d do the groceries with no bloody clothes on.

There has been criticism of ‘Jen bashing’ and saying she’s not real, and I think it’s a shame that when it comes to body image we get off track and sometimes don’t maybe express our opinions the way we should. All women of all shapes and sizes are real women. Some body types provide a more positive image than others, yes, and is Jen’s one of those bodies? Well that is the million dollar question.

Do I like looking at Jen’s body, and admire her hard work and/or freaking good genes? Yes, I do, and I can appreciate her as a lingerie model and her job that requires her to look a certain way. But out of all the women in the whole entire country, was she the right one for the magazine to make a stand? Probably not. Maybe the right person to make a little bit of ripple, but to try and cause a tidle wave of support for body image, for the AVERAGE Australian women, no.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have my head stuck in the sand, and I think that someone like me or fellow potential covergirl Kerri Sackville would outsell Miss Universe herself in the magazine stakes, (although I’m sure we’d give her a good run for her money), but it still saddens me that at the end of the day whether it was a close second or still the top priority, magazines, like marie claire have a duty to their advertisers to sell magazines. And shitloads of them.

And so here I am flaws, creases, cellulite and all. Why? Well why the hell not? I know I’ve put on weight, about 10kg over the past couple of years. And yes sometimes I have extremely unhappy and p*@$ed off days with my body. I hate my thighs and tummy every single day. But I also know that this is the only body I’ve got, and while I whinge and moan about clothes that don’t fit anymore, I know I’m not fat, but sometimes it still sucks.

But would you catch me like this standing next to Jen. Um, let me think about that. HELL NO!

UPDATE: So after pondering all this for a few hours I felt the need to add something else. Someone wrote on Twitter last night about how they felt when they saw Jen naked on the cover of marie claire. And basically it wasn’t good. I felt the same. I thought if that’s a flawed body then what hope do the rest of us ‘normal’ non-supermodel people have. Um, how about zero. Yes we are all very different shapes and sizes and we should all learn to love the skin we’re in, but comparing ourselves to Jen, which we would all naturally instantly do, is not going to help.

Lastly bravo to Madison Magazine who unfortunately didn’t seem to drum up the same publicity as Jen, but their spread on Aussie’s baring all was a little more comforting in that you could look at women of all sizes and relate. And that’s what we want. To see people who are just like us.

  • nomie
    January 4, 2010

    Well done! Really, really, well done! I am in awe of your bravery:)
    You look very good too… and may just have inspired me too… maybe…

  • Kerri Sackville
    January 4, 2010

    Honey, you are GORGEOUS!!!!
    We should do a cover together.
    With Simon Baker in the middle, of course.
    FAB post and again, you’re BEAUTIFUL

  • april
    January 4, 2010

    Well done, well well done – I say we all do it- Maybe – if i can find my bathers – they might be buried somewhere…
    You are stunning hon :)

  • macsnorky
    January 4, 2010

    Ami, you are amazingly brave! And gorgeous too.

    I can only wish I had your flaws! x

  • CaveatCalcei
    January 4, 2010

    You look fantastic – toned, fit, healthy and happy. I prefer your genuine smile to the grimace Ms Hawkins wears any day. Well done for being gorgeous and real :)

  • Seraphim
    January 4, 2010

    Girl you are GORGEOUS!!!!! Ditto what Kerri said!

  • Thea
    January 4, 2010

    Forget Jennifer who?
    I want to look like you!!
    Great post, really well done. :)

  • Christie
    January 4, 2010

    Good on you.

    The thing that saddens me most about this whole debarkle is that it is not the mature women I am most worried about. For the most part, we have heard it all before and know that we are responsible for how we look. It is young girls who will see Jennifer’s naturally svelte figure and jutting hip bones and aspire to that. What are we doing for tweens and teens to teach them that this is for the most part an unrealistic body image and that they should aim for good health through sensible eating and physical activity?

  • Kristen
    January 5, 2010

    This is a great article – you’re very brave!
    Let’s also remember that Jen follows a strict no-fun diet & works out for 4 hours a day… Whereas we don’t!

  • Jodie at Mummy Mayhem
    January 5, 2010

    Fantastic post Ami! Good for you! And I think you look great. Honestly.

    As I’ve said on MM this morn, and will say until the cows come home, it’s not about what size we are, it’s whether we are healthy or not. Right now, I have a very flabby tum and quite a bit extra on my hips (for me). My thighs are larger than what they have ever been. And although I could partly attribute it to having 3 boys, it’s also there because I got out of the habit of regular exercise, and I eat too much bad stuff (including so much choc cake over the past month for b’days, Xmas, NY!!!). And I’m tackling that now. The aim is to be healthy. Whatever size you are after that: that’s your size. Enjoy!!!

    Great work!

  • Jane
    January 5, 2010

    Shit, Ami! You’re hot. x

  • Anne
    January 6, 2010

    Well done Ami, love the photo. Size is only a number that too many people place too much emphasis on. Health and happiness is more important. The likes of Jen and Miranda Kerr are on such a strict regime.

  • Fiona
    March 28, 2010

    Ami, I missed this post somehow when you first made it! You look amazing as you always have and are a fantastic role model, I always admired you growing up! Thanks for showing how beautiful women are…flaws and all. Congrats on the baby news!

  • melanie strang
    July 21, 2011

    Real and authentic- much more beautiful than anything else!

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