I took a hefty (read 15ish) stack of magazines with me on the plane to Ethiopia and collected some quotes about body image that I wanted to share with you.
From the February issue of Instyle:
“I always wanted brown curly hair, brown eyes, and dark skin. That’s because I grew up in an Italian family and wanted everything I didn’t have. I was about 29 when I realized that all I’ve got is this, so I might as well figure out what “this” is.” Bradley Cooper
From the February issue of Shape:
“You’ll never find me obsessing over what I looked like at 19- that’s fighting time, gravity, and the natural aging process. As long as I’m eating right, exercising, and being the best I can be, I will celebrate the person I am today.” Tyra Banks
“I can’t control how I’m perceived, only how I’m presented.” Jared Matthew Weiss (a life stylist)
From the January issue of O, the Oprah Magazine:
“Equating the physical body with “I’, the body that is destined to grow old, wither, and die, always leads to suffering. To refrain from identifying with the body doesn’t mean that you no longer care for it. If it is strong, beautiful, or vigorous, you can apprecaite those attributes while they last. You can also improve your body’s condition through nutrition and exercise. If you don’t equate the body with who you are, when beauty fades, vigor diminishes, or the body becomes incapacitated, this will not affect your sense of worth or identity in any way. In fact, as the body begins to weaken, the light of consciousness can shine more easily.” Eckhart Tolle (from Oneness With All Life)