This is a touchy subject but one that has been filling our TVs, computers and magazines as of late and one that I feel needs to be addressed. And while I’ve been thinking about writing about this topic for quite some time, the need to talk about it was heightened after all this Lululemon controversy this week. I’m left feeling torn so I thought we should all come together and make it a discussion.
I’d be lying if I said there was never a point in my life when I wanted “the thigh gap,” when I found that to be something to strive for, something to work for and something that would make me a “prettier” person. Oh how times have changed.
Especially over the last few years, since really diving into my health and fitness and making it a priority, I’ve realized that is not something I want or will ever strive for again; it’s not a sign of health or one’s beauty and while some women may have it, the majority do not, will not and should not.
I look at my body, but especially my legs as a form of strength. My body can do so much more than I ever knew was even possible! Heck, these thigh touching legs can run 13.1 miles and I’m so freaking proud of that!
I don’t look at my legs and only see thighs that touch. I don’t look at my legs and see something that needs to be trimmed down. Instead, I look at my legs and I see strength, I see hours of hard work and dedication, and I am proud of how far these legs can carry me.
So where does that bring me?
To the Lululemon controversy over the CEO’s comment about their pants not being made for “certain women’s bodies.” If you watch this clip, you’ll notice the co-founder/his wife is giving him the dagger eyes, knowing he’s being one of those dumb men who don’t know when it’s time to shut up.
I wear Lululemon pants (well, the one piece I own) and I absolutely love them. I feel like they flatter my figure while also being comfortable and easy to move, whether running or doing yoga. But I don’t like his comment and while I think I know what he was trying to say, he said it with all the wrong words.
You see, one of my favorite yoga instructors, Gigi Yogini, is an ambassador for Lululemon, a beautiful woman on the inside and out, and one who preaches for women to feel comfortable and confident in their bodies no matter their size. After the CEO’s statement went viral, Gigi shared this:
So how do I feel?
Slightly torn but I’m not going to stop wearing my Lululemon pants. I love them and they make me feel confident and comfortable, like Gigi said. I don’t shop there often because it’s not at a price point I can afford on a regular basis but I guess I’m saying, I’m not going to stop window shopping or splurging on the occasional piece.
As Gigi said, I have never walked into that store and felt uncomfortable. I always feel the staff is super supportive and happy to help me find something that will work for me and my body. I have seen the same kind of customer service shown to others of all shapes and sizes (whether I know them or not) as they shop around, as well.
So let’s discuss:
-What are your thoughts on the Lululemon CEO’s statement?
-Thigh gap – your thoughts?