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Sunday Link Love: A Teen Takes Down the BMI, JLaw Gets Real on Body Image + More!

By Diana Denza--Hello and happy Sunday, Proud2Bme readers! From BMI takedowns to JLaw’s real talk on bodies, this week was chock full of body-posi news and happenings. I know your weekend time is precious, so let’s get right down to the good (and not-so-good) stuff.

Trigger warning: Links to outside articles may contain references to size, weight or triggering images.

A fabulous eighth grade girl named Tessa Embry won’t be defined by her BMI. The teen penned a stunning response to a teacher who asked her to calculate her BMI as part of an assignment. Tessa wrote: “I am just beginning to love my body, like I should, and I’m not going to let some outdated calculator and a middle school gym teacher tell me I’m obese, because I’m not. My BMI is none of your concern because my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.” BAM.

A Gucci advertisement was banned for using “unhealthily thin” models. The U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority called the Italian design house “irresponsible” for the models’ appearance.

Glamour magazine published a photo of a woman with a visible belly years ago. Here’s why it’s still important.

Jennifer Lawrence continues to keep it real. The actress told Harper’s Bazaar: “I would like us to make a new normal-body type. Everybody says, ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And I'm like, ‘I don't feel like I have a normal body.’ I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person.”

And remember: it’s okay to be big, small or anywhere in between. You are already worthy of everything good!

About the blogger: Diana Denza is NEDA’s youth outreach coordinator.

Top photo courtesy of Mindi Embry 

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