'Dumplin'' Is Everything 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser' Wanted To Be, But Wasn't

'Dumplin'' Is Everything 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser' Wanted To Be, But Wasn't

And so much more.


Unless you've been living under a rock these past few months, you probably know the slew of Netflix Originals that have taken the internet by storm: "The Kissing Booth," "To All The Boys I've Loved Before," "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser" and "Dumplin'."

The first two came in a whirlwind, making us fall in love with Noah Flynn and Peter Kavinsky. Then when we heard 'Sierra Burgess' was coming out with Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) and what it was about, we were all excited. A movie about a bigger girl who finally gets the guy? Heck yeah.

Now, I don't want to speak for everybody, but I think I can speak on everyone's behalf when I say this: Sierra Burgess was a giant flop.

Everything it tried to be and tried to showcase and bring attention to completely backfired. Rather than Sierra accepting who she was and finding her own worth and getting the guy, she let her insecurities turn her deceitful and rude. Yet somehow, she got the guy, even when she stabbed him in the back and totally did not deserve him.

Now, four months later, we got a similar type of movie. A bigger girl, getting the hot guy (Ahem, Luke Benward anyone??) and showing her mom up in a beauty pageant — yes, please.

Plus, throw Dolly Parton into the mix and I think we've got a winner on our hands.

I was so happy with Dumplin'. I have watched it at least four times and each time I have loved it more and more. What it stands for — being confident in ourselves — is so important. The fact that it focused on being happy with who we are regardless of what others think about us was crucial.

It tying back that her relationship with her mom finally grew and took roots, rather than being one that really did not exist was also a good part in the movie. We all saw the growth in their relationship and saw the development they had.

I think it was also important that the movie focused more on her friendships, her development with herself and her accepting the grief she felt about her aunt, rather than her relationship with a boy. (Don't worry though, we had plenty of WillBo!) Sometimes movies like that can revolve solely around the relationship between a girl and a guy, rather than her development.

Dumplin', however, focused on both.

We saw WillowDean's personal growth and how she dealt with other aspects of her life without obsessing over her love interest. In fact, besides the scenes he was in, Bo really was not mentioned all that much. She had more important things to worry about, like her aunt's death and the pageant.

Finally, about Bo and WillowDean, we got a genuine relationship between a hot guy and a bigger (and still beautiful) girl. It wasn't a crush that seemed to just develop during the movie, either. Bo seemed to have an interest in WillowDean the entire movie. He liked her at the beginning, asked her out shyly and then took his chance to kiss her.

Then, he finally said it point-blank that he liked her and that he thought she was beautiful (swoon!). He liked her for who she was and he who knew from work, rather than just how she looked or something he saw develop during the movie.

Overall, I think this movie was crucial for today's age. It has such a good message and did everything right. Everything that 'Sierra Burgess' tried to be, 'Dumplin' did ten times better. It exceeded my expectations (and threw Jennifer Aniston into the mix!).

I think every girl, boy and parent should watch this movie — it is not just a chick flick.

I believe it's a movie that is important to all types of people. It is everything I didn't know I needed in a movie and I am so happy with the outcome. Thank you, Julie Murphy, for this incredible book. And thank you, Netflix, for making it into this wonderful movie!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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7 TV Shows And Movies To Look Out For Summer '19

Honey, you've got a big storm coming.


I am thoroughly convinced that summer 2019 is THE season of new and highly anticipated content. If you don't believe me, just look at this:

1. Stranger Things ​​(Season 3) 

The third installment of the 1980s sci-fi thriller comes out this July 4th and fans are counting down the days as they wait. Need I say more?

2. Black Mirror (Season 5)

Head over to Netflix RIGHT NOW because the fifth season of the fan-favorite unnerving tech anthology just came out. I already binged the whole thing and I highly recommend. Plus, your old favorite pop princess might make an appearance. ;)

3. Men in Black: International

Oh yeah...your favorite alien franchise is back.

4. Toy Story 4

Let your inner-child shine as the fourth installment of the heart-melting toy-centric movie series comes back to grace all our movie theater screens.

5. Big Little Lies (Season 2)

FINALLY! This past Sunday, the 2nd season of the widely popular drama was released on HBO. Even though we've only seen 1 episode, it was amazing. Plus, Meryl Streep just joined the already star-studded cast -- how do you beat that?

6. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Your favorite Spiderman (Tom Holland) is back and better than ever. This time, Peter Parker sets off on a European adventure, and I don't know about you, but I can't wait.

7. The Lion King

Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and Seth Rogan...what could be better? The live-action remake of a childhood favorite is finally bound to hit theaters this July, and it's going to be epic.

So, get ready to plan your movie/TV binge days because you DON'T want to miss these.

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