"You don't need to be pretty, perfect, or compliant to be loved." That’s what Kate Parker, a renowned photographer, had in mind when she started proving to the world how strong women can be through photographs.
Six years later, that statement remains true. Women can be whoever they want to be― loud, free, fearless, strong, and uncompromising. We are all that and a whole lot more.
A Short Backstory
When I was younger, I was teased for having muscles, being fast, and extremely strong. People looked at my appearance and didn’t bother knowing what’s on the inside. As a young girl with a great passion for gymnastics, it hurt me at first. But then I realized that I am so much more than what my critics say. And that’s what I want other girls to know― you are more than what others say.
I know that we have always been taught to stay thin. I’ve seen a lot of women being afraid of lifting weights. They run endlessly on treadmills instead. They starve themselves to meet the dangerous standards of society.
But it’s time to break the status quo. It’s time to stop comparing yourself to thin celebrities and runway models. It’s time to be yourself. Want to lift weights? Pump that iron. Want to do triathlons? Start training. Want to be play male-dominated sports? Go ahead.
Beautiful Girls All Over the World
What I’m saying is not purely anecdotal. There are famous women to prove that strong is the new pretty.
Take Serena Williams, for example. She’s not just a professional tennis player, but a strong woman as well. Have you seen Deng Wei, the 2016 Olympic weightlifting gold medalist? Look at how beautiful she is.
The list doesn’t stop there. Sara Sigmundsdóttir, a Crossfit champion, can back squat 300 pounds. Morghan King, a weightlifter, bravely represented the US in the 2016 Olympics. Doing those things didn’t make those women less beautiful. They became living testaments of how far strong women can go.
Why Embrace Your Strength
I am not telling you to stop admiring slim women. I am simply telling you that being confident in your own skin is the best thing you can do for yourself.
As Bruno Mars sang, “Girl you’re amazing, just the way you are.” No matter how you look, you’ll always be more than enough. Don’t forget to remind yourself about that.
Plus, embracing your strength through training has lots of benefits that even naysayers can’t prove wrong.
With more and more women engaging in some kind of training― with or without weights― the consensus is shifting. Women who train can eat way more than they used to, without feeling guilty about it. They burn more fat as well and improve their bone density.
Plus, training causes your brain to release happy hormones with long-lasting effects. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, too, which effectively increases your self-esteem.
Being a woman with immense strength can put people off. But that shouldn’t matter.
If your passion is punching boxing bags all day long, do it. If it’s smashing hollow blocks with your hands, do it. Whatever your passion is, you must follow it. Trust me, it’s more fulfilling than any luxury this world can offer.
If you’re already embracing your strength, good for you, keep it up! If you’re planning to start training, congratulations! You are a step away from reaching your goals.
After all, all you need to jumpstart things are your fighting spirit and durable workout clothes. While your fighting spirit is mainly about you, I can help you find the right training outfit. Here at Pretty Girl Athletics, we provide high-quality and comfortable training clothes to every strong woman. Check out our collection!