The body we live in

A couple of stories caught our eye today.

The first is this video of American ballerina Misty Copeland, advertising athletic apparel by Under Armour. Their new campaign for women “I Will What I Want” features various women athletes in the US, including a skier and a soccer player.

We liked the strength in Copeland’s stance and the message of defiance and determination the video gives out. See it for yourself.

 

The other story of the week was also an American celebrity. Actress Elizabeth Banks told a magazine: “I’m very genetically blessed, I cannot deny it, but I work hard at keeping myself together,” Banks said. “Yes, I have nice cheekbones and skinny legs but I can’t take any credit for it.”

Her statement was appreciated by many, including this Huffington Post journalist who points out that most articles in women’s magazines seem to suggest that “If you don’t have the body of a celebrity, it’s because you’re not putting in the work.”

She further asks: “Why should we place more value on a single type of body that so many people cannot physically achieve no matter what, and that some people can achieve through no work at all?”

Celebrate yourself tonight. It’s Monday tomorrow.