Not sure if it's because she's dating Tiger Woods or she's sitting out this year's Winter Olympics due to an injured knee, but the media is having a field day bashing champion skier Lindsey Vonn ... for "body-slamming" models and celebrities who she describes as "too thin," "not healthy." It's really bizarre, because when other women in the spotlight have expressed similar concerns (like Eddie Murphy's daughter Bria), they've been applauded. But Lindsey does it, and suddenly, her thoughts and feelings on our weight-obsessed pop culture are filed under "nasty tirade." What the ...? Seems to me the athlete is simply telling it like it is.
Not to mention that she didn't exactly go on a verbal assault out of the blue. She was asked by SELF about her body insecurities, and she explained how the entertainment world's standards of beauty have affected her.
It was hard to go to the Met ball [last May], with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner. It's difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. That's always tough. I don't envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people.
So maybe she could've phrased it in a way that sounded a little less Mean Girls, but ultimately, there is some truth to what she's saying. Not all celebs or models are "skinny-fat," but there is definitely an unhealthy emphasis in that world to be skinny, not strong. To avoid working out if it's going to compromise that size 0 waif-like look. To just eat less, not more protein/complex carbs to nourish and promote strength.
As Lindsey elaborated:
You know I have cellulite too but I go to the gym and I try to eat healthy. I think that's a better model for girls to look up to than skinny people who need to eat more.
Now come on, how is that something we could sensibly argue with? The fact of the matter is that we could use a shift in our perception of what is beautiful. That healthfulness, wellness, and strength are beautiful. I'm hopeful that we're moving in that direction, thanks in part to athletic women like Lindsey Vonn being celebrated more. Thanks in part to movements like CrossFit that tout "strong as the new skinny."
I don't hear Lindsey slamming women at any particular size. You can be a size 0 or 14 and strong, ripped, able to take on the world. Or you can be a size 0 or 14 and weak. It's unhealthy habits for the sake of being slim she's taking issue with. And that's something we could all stand to be more critical of.
What do you think about Lindsey Vonn's remarks?
Image via U.S. Ski Team/Flickr