The May cover of InStyle Magazine features Amy Schumer, looking glamorous as she floats on her back in a swimming pool. I too have a recent photo of myself floating in a pool. There is a slight difference as I didn’t have a team of professionals at my shoot (thanks Jerry!) but I like my mermaid photos just fine.
My skin is no longer youthful and taut, but when I go swimming in a public pool I figure my body is just part of the tribe of women; some older, some younger, some thin, some not. I have a feeling Amy would feel the same way. I think we have a lot in common.
In her InStyle interview Amy speaks out about shame. “Is it fat-shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion.”
Does bad body fever and aging shame keep you from experiencing the full beauty of your life?
Amy is also not interested in Botox or filler. “I can’t imagine a moment when I will need filler for my face, as if it needs to be filled,” she said. “Can we unfill this? Let’s get an emptier (for my cheeks).”
So much of the beauty conversation has evolved to “fixing” what is “unacceptable.” Fortunately, enhancing your personal style can be a joyful experience. Spending time (and yes, money) on how you present yourself is a creative, life-affirming process that allows you to celebrate who you have become. It honors your evolution and your unique beauty exactly as it is now. It’s the shame-less way to care for your appearance.
Authenticity is your playbook. Pleasure and passion will always guide you forward. As your new summer top slips off your shoulder, smile, toss your head, and sashay toward loving kindness, for yourself and all the beautiful shameless women around you. Amy and I will see you at the pool.