You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Blog is About You
I initially did not know what prompted the campaign, but dug deeper into the story. The campaign was actually prompted by (professional runner and Oiselle model) Lauren Fleshman's blog post that went viral. She had done a runway photo shoot which showed her "ripped" body, but she began to regret the pictures as she felt it didn't necessarily show her true self. In her post, she shared pictures from earlier that week that showed a slight pooch tummy.
She compared to the Lady Gaga Glamour magazine cover shot. There was a similar story with Lena Dunham with her Vogue cover shoot.
Ironically, while I'm a runner with a runner's body (translation; skinny by some definitions,) I lean towards an appreciation of the "Rubenesque" woman, but the point is that it doesn't matter what I think or what society thinks.
Was I flattered by the "so strong, great pic" response from Lauren Fleshman of Runner's World? Yes. Vain? Perhaps. To keep it real, I have also posted my belly shot. I don't have "six-pack abs" and not sure that I need to or can for that matter. They're more like two quarts. My son pokes my belly like I'm some kind of dough boy. Am I okay with that? Not always, but as they say, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and that "beauty is only skin deep." #keepingitreal