The internet—also known as the place where you admit things that ordinarily you never would cop to… ;)
I can’t say enough good things about curvyisthenewblack; to be brutally honest, I’d tried following some other plus-size-oriented Tumblrs, but the women in them were so big I just couldn’t relate to them. That isn’t the case with Karla’s blog at all, as she showcases a fantastically diverse assortment of women—some are bigger than I am, some are smaller—and it’s done a lot for me psychologically just to see all these images of beauty at various sizes instead of the semi-skeletal prototype that the media perpetually besieges us with. (This is that thing I don’t like to talk about, but hell, twice constitutes a trend, as far as I’m concerned.)
Now it’s almost a bit of a shock when I see other photos on my dash of super-skinny women; because even though I think they’re beautiful too, of course, I now don’t have quite as much of a sense of being so inherently imperfect compared to them. Especially since Karla’s Tumblr is so wonderfully inclusive of all shapes, sizes and colors, I think she’s doing a helluva lot of good for all the people who follow her, and I encourage anyone who feels stymied by our ridiculous societal standards of feminine beauty to do the same.
(Now, however, I’m off to go die of shame for having used my friend Aldo’s colloquial misspelling of “abrazos” as “abraxos.”) *shakes fist at whimsical Messican boy*