Rosie Waterland has annoyed me today. A bit like Lorna Jane annoys me for saying she is all about empowering all women and then not stocking any clothing for women who are larger than the national average. A bit like Oprah Winfrey saying she does not have fans but rather readers, supporters and friends and then charging her mates hundreds of dollars for an hour or so of her time.
Rosie posted a nude selfie today and it annoyed me. How can you say you are an amazing female role model who does not care about the way people look and then post a nude photo? Haven’t we got enough of that crap from the likes of the Kardashians and the social media stars who are so burnt out with posting image focussed selfies that they are having very public melt downs by the time they hit their twenties?
I love Rosie Waterland, always have, ever since I discovered her recaps of the Bachelor. I don’t watch television due to the fact that I am obsessed with Netflix, but I do watch the Bachelor just so I can read her hilarious recaps. I think she is funny, articulate and intelligent. She is someone who has proven she can overcome adversity. She is the sort of role model I would like my eight year old to have.
Must admit I was so disappointed with the nude photo stunt and I rethought about wishing that she was my daughter’s role model.
I think Rosie looked absolutely fine – her body isn’t perfect, but then whose is without airbrushing and touch ups? The first thing I actually noticed was her eyes. I just wish finally some incredible female would say that she has had enough of all the focus on beauty and the way we look and pay it no heed at all. It is really sad but unfortunately due to the way the world works Rosie will now more likely be remembered for the “nude” selfie than anything else.
It might be wishful thinking, but I just wish we had more role models that say, I am fabulous, I am funny, I am smart, I am compassionate, I am kind. And you know what? I am all that and I look pretty good, just the way I am . Then to actually enforce that message by refusing to give any weight of importance to the exterior and instead to actually focus solely on all the reasons you are fabulous. Whoever did that would look fabulous no matter what their size, race, skin colour etc.
I don’t know why it is so common now to post endless selfies, to put nude selfies on social media as if saying, look how brave I am, I am showing my flesh with all its flaws.
We all have flaws, let’s move on and instead focus on the things that make us truly special, how we behave, how we make people laugh, how we can touch them with kindness. I just think it is sad, that kids like my daughter will now probably focus more on the nude selfie, than the amazing book, the brilliant recaps, the live shows. I just wish people would keep their clothes on so we can teach our kids that the way you look and appear will always be about more than just your skin.
What do you think? Do you agree?
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