Opinions: Hindsight: Perfection

I’m far from looking like a plastic doll


Tanner Scholin

I am perfect, no matter what size pants, dress or shorts I wear.

Natalie Hinds, Opinions editor

I listen to a lot of music, and most of the time it’s not “popular” music. But there’s one song that I’ve been hearing that I love.

I know that “All about that bass” is already being overplayed on the radio, but I have to confess that it’s probably one of my favorite songs right now.

Not only is it a catchy tune, but the message within the song is what makes me like it even more. The song is about loving ourselves no matter our sizes.

Nowadays, the media shows us that the “perfect” girl/woman has long hair, long legs, a big chest and a big butt with a skinny waist, a height of 5’8 and all the while maintaining a weight of 115 lbs.

Ha, that’s funny.

Teenage girls, even myself at one point, feel the need to turn themselves into Barbie because it’s what the media portrays as being the standard of beauty.

After attempting to go on numerous diets and even starving myself at one time, I realized that I’m perfect the way I am. It’s okay to have meat on my bones. If I didn’t, think of how fragile I’d be. No thank you. 

And when I heard Meghan Trainor singing about loving oneself and how “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” I couldn’t help but fall in love.

I’m 5’6. I’m 130 lbs. My legs aren’t that long, I don’t have hair down to my butt, and my waist line isn’t 21 inches. And I’m totally okay with that.

We were all made different. We aren’t all meant to be a size three. We aren’t all meant to be what the media wants us to be.

Sure, all the Victoria Secret models, who are undoubtedly gorgeous, are probably a size zero. But those models make up a tiny fraction of the workforce: .000033 percent of the workforce according to the Bureau of Labor.

Even celebrities like Jennifer Lawerence, Jennifer Lopez and, of course, Meghan Trainor who have meat on their bones and look equally as beautiful still workout for hours each day with a trainer, eating food prepared by their personal chefs.

What’s important is that I love myself even if I’m not a replica of Barbie because “I won’t be no stick figure, silicone barbie doll.”