Slim Thick Is The New Thin

Slim Thick Is The New Thin

Sorry Brandy Melville.
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In Odyssey's famous Dad Bod article, self-image is both a male and female issue, and up until recent, perfectly sculpted figures were really the only accepted body type.

"Thunder thighs", "fat ass", and "pear shape" were all terms that friends associated with me. Family and friends would say these to my face not knowing that these simple words tore me up inside.

Jeans were my worst enemy as they were too tight around my thighs and butt, but too loose around my waist.

My first high school boyfriend would tell me to hit the gym and slim down because my butt was too big.

The thing was... I could't do much to change my body type. This is who I was.

As the end of high school came around, all my friends would head to their favorite store... Brandy Melville. This store still haunts me to this day.

The company knows what kind of girls they want wearing their clothes, therefore they only make clothes for size 0 teenage girls, also known as 'one size fits all' in their store.

I remember this moment vividly. I stood there having bought a single jacket and I watched as my friends approach the counter with a cute pair of ripped jeans and a plaid skirt, and for some reason I came to the conclusion that something was wrong with me.

How could I not fit in these clothes but they could? Was I too big for their store?

I would cry in dressing rooms, to my mom, and sometimes alone at night. I was officially scarred.

It wasn't until my freshman year in college, when Kylie Jenner grew into her body which was very womanly. She had the small waist, plump butt, and toned legs. It was more of a pear shape than hourglass.

At first people were so disgusted as they claimed it was fake and that it didn't look natural, but to me, seeing a celebrity rocking my body type with all the confidence in the world, pulled me together again.

Soon after, Fetty Wap's Jimmy Choo song released, everyone added the word slim-thick to their vocabulary.

Soon friends would obsess over my body as they would tell me how lucky I am to have a natural womanly shape.

Now, Khloe Kardashian's jean brand GOOD AMERICAN is selling like crazy because it's one of the first jean brands out there that are meant to fit women with this body type. As a result, many other clothing lines are following this trend.

Now, my friends stictly go to the gym, not to slim down, but to build up muscle in their thighs and butt.

I went into Urban Outfitters recently with my sister and I was complaining to her because their jeans fit me so weird, and her response was: "Yaz, you are just too slim thick for them."

When she said this, my eyes opened to reality. Having a womanly figure is not a bad thing and never was.

The term slim thick as defined by Urban Dictionary is a girl with "big/toned thighs, plump booty, and a flat/toned stomach."

Slim thick is the first positive term I have ever heard that compliments the body of a woman who has some meat on her bones.

More and more, every day we see beautiful women who have an above average weight go into modeling. Our society is finally recognizing the beauty within this particular body type.

The media has changed the definition of beauty in a matter of a year.

I believe every shape and size is beautiful. Every body type should be appreciated as well as recognized because not everyone will fit into the same pair of jeans, sorry this isn't the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, this is reality.

Embrace and love your body, and don't ever let any company, person, or magazine convince you otherwise.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Since 'Baby It’s Cold Outside' Was Banned, Here Are 18 Other Songs That Should Also Be Added To The List

Can people please start writing some Christmas songs appropriate for 2018?

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This year Christmas is being done a little differently. Radio stations across America have been taking "Baby It's Cold Outside" off the air because of its promotion of rape. I have compiled an extensive list of 18 other songs that should also be taken off the air for its inappropriateness and offensiveness towards everyone.

1. "White Christmas"

White Christmas

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas."

Promoting racism. Need I say any more than that?

2. "Holly Jolly Christmas"

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

"Kiss her once for me."

Excuse me, did you as for her permission to kiss her? Does she want to kiss you? Or is she a respectable young woman who just happens to be standing under the mistletoe who does not wish for your advances?

3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Yule Tide Gay

"Make the yule-tide gay."

Um, it's 2018 and we are still throwing around the word gay?

4. "All I Want For Christmas is You"

All I Want For Christmas is You

"I just want you for my own."

Men and women are not objects. They are human beings too.

5. "Deck the Halls"

Don we now our gay apparel

"Don we now our gay apparel"

Again with the gay jokes.

6. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

Mr. Grinch

"You're a monster, Mr. Grinch! Your heart's an empty hole."

Promoting bullying and calling people names. It's not the Grinch's fault that that's how he was born. He can't help that he was brought up like that. Nor can he help the way that he smells.

7. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Creepy

"He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!"

Glorifying peeping toms.

8. "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"

Guns

"A pair of hop along boots and a pistol that shoots, is the wish of Barney and Ben."

Promoting guns and shooting. The NRA probably wrote this song to help push their #ProGun agenda.

9. "Mistletoe and Holly"

Mistletoe and Holly

"Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents."

I don't think PETA would appreciate the phrase of eating animals sung around the radio all month long.

10.  "Frosty the Snowman"

Frosty

"Frosty the snowman."

Where is the snow woman? They can have jolly, happy souls too.

It also encourages smoking: "With a corncob pipe and a button nose."

And Hallucinogenic drugs: Because they are seeing a snowman come to life. Who knows what they are on.

He also didn't stop for traffic: "He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop."

Traumatizing children by dying in front of them: "I'll be back again someday."

11. "Santa Baby"

Santa Baby

"Santa baby, a 54 convertible too, light blue."

Promoting sugar daddy and baby relationships.

12.  "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

Adultery

"I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus."

"I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus."

"If daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Clause last night?"

Subjecting kids to pornography and promoting adultery.

13.  "Mistletoe"

Mistletoe

"Don't ya buy me nothin', cause I am feelin' one thing. Your lips on my lips, that's a merry, merry Christmas." Encouraging the act of pressuring partners into sexual acts.

14.  "Underneath the Tree"

Push

"Knocked me right off my feet. And this year I will fall."

Domestic violence.

15.  "My Only Wish"

Stalking

The whole song goes through a woman wishing for this one guy and describing how she wants to be "in his arms." She talks about what he looks like and how much she wants him. Aka, this chick is a dangerous stalker and should be a warning for others.

16.  "Man With the Bag"

Home Alone

"You'll get yours if you've done everything you should, extra special good."

Eliciting favors in exchange for gifts.

17.  "Up on the House Top"

Trespassing

"Up on the housetop, reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots of toys."

Tolerating trespassing.

"Here is a hammer and lots of tacks. A whistle and a ball and a whip that cracks."

Promoting BDSM to children.

18.  "Feliz Navidad"

Cultural Appropriation

"Feliz navidad."

This only goes towards the people who are not Spanish-speaking and are singing the song. Please don't practice cultural appropriation.

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