Amanda Hoffmann is a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere. She writes about positive body image, fashion and faith on The Little Lady Bug. I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions on the topic of body image and she was kind enough to make a video response. You can read the Q&A below or watch the video here:
What inspired you to start The Little Lady Bug?
Amanda: A couple years ago, I started to follow some popular fashion blogs. I remember one day I was mindlessly scrolling through dozens of pictures of perfectly dressed, skinny, (predominantly blonde) bloggers as I read their posts. Most of the posts were really basic and simply stated what the bloggers were wearing that day. It made me sad to see that these awesome bloggers had this amazing platform wherein so many people would gladly listen to them, but they only ever used their platform to talk about what lipstick color was in that season. I thought that I could do a really similar type of blog, where I had cute pictures to initially draw people in, but then they would stay for the content. I wanted to use the same platform these bloggers had and make readers really think and challenge them to make the world a better place.
What does positive body image look like to you?
Amanda: This is a hard question for me to answer. I think it runs deeper than simply looking in the mirror and being happy with what you see. Positive body image is something that runs deep into the depths of our souls. I believe that when we were created, God gave us the ability to do amazing, life-changing work to help others in this world. When we are caught up by comparing ourselves to others—and whether those comparisons are looks, or grades, or athletic ability, it doesn’t matter—we are robbing ourselves of the ability we have to help others. When we can be happy and love ourselves, we can then be able to better help and love others. To answer your original question, I think that positive body image goes deeper than just our bodies. When we are able to see ourselves through God’s eyes, and we can see that we were created for good, glorious things to help others, then I think we have really succeeded in learning positive body image.
What advice would you give to someone to who wants to start their journey toward positive body image? How do you deal with a bad body image day?
Amanda: I would say don’t stop trying. There will be days when you feel great about your body and who you are, so be sure to celebrate those days. However, there will also be days when you sit in front of your mirror and cry because your clothes don’t fit. In those days, remind yourself that you are so much more than a body… you’re a soul. On those bad days, look for things about your personality and who you are to keep you going. For example, I might feel really unattractive one day, but I know that I have a great heart and I’m a good writer, so those are the things I remind myself of. Also remember, that just because you may feel “ugly,” or “fat,” doesn’t mean that you are ugly or fat. It helps to separate out fleeting feelings from actuality.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your blog, or body image in general?
Amanda: First off, just remember to keep going. Loving yourself is an uphill battle, but it’s like getting over a break up. One day, you’ll look back and you can’t believe the place you were once in, compared to the loving, healthy space you’re in now. Remember to keep praying. God loves you no matter what size you’re at, what your skin looks like, or how many stretch marks you have. I believe that God created us as a soul first and a body second. Our bodies are beautiful and worth celebrating. Remember to celebrate yourself, because you were wonderfully made.
Be sure to check out Amanda’s blog here.