With Ashley Graham appearing in Sports Illustrated as their first “plus-size model” (we use the term loosely) and Tess Holliday becoming the first size-22 model to get signed to a major agency, it seems like 2015 just may be the year that we will finally begin appreciating women of all shapes and sizes. Can we get an amen? As women, we know the effects of the skewed representation of females in the media all too well, but we at Vv Magazine began to wonder what the Joe Blows of the world think of the whole issue?
With that question in mind and our camera guy jacked up on caffeine, we took to the streets of Toronto to discover what it is that men really think about those extra ten pounds. Trust us — with the answers we got, you’ll love this.
Surprise surprise, the critique us woman place on ourselves is mountains higher than that of a man’s. Actually, come to think of it, mountains are an understatement — lets go with Mars. They actually like seeing us naked. Weird, right?
To quote Vince, the cutie of the video, “It’s the small things we’re usually insecure about that don’t matter to anyone else anyways.” Seriously, ladies, men do not care about your nail beds or those tiny bits of cellulite on the back of your leg, and they especially don’t care about the bald spot in your right eyebrow (though we feel you there, girl). It’s time to start focusing on what boys do notice and love about your body. Like your boobs and your ass, and other more politically-correct features like your smile, or whatever. But seriously… boobs.
If there’s anything to take note of, it’s this: While the so-called softer gender was aggressively over-analyzing Sports Illustrated using a plus-size model, the men of the world were too busy tying to get themselves a copy to jack… um… read. Yeah, read. If you’re ever feeling insecure, keep in mind what our not-so-secret favourite interviewee Rob Flynn said about his type of woman: “Big, small, tall, short — ‘Anything I can get’ is a better way of putting it.” Safe to say, chances are you are his type.
Check out the video below and see for yourselves what the real men of Toronto had to say to Vv Magazine about women, plus-size models, and body image. We dare you not to fall in love with all the guys in this video but, if you do, it’s okay — we have their contact information. We’ll hook you up, girl.
With contributions from Danielle Jobb.
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