Insidious body shaming is everywhere online, but there’s now one refuge from being made to feel horrible about yourself: LaurenConrad.com.
The former The Hills star made a momentous editorial decision that makes us love her even more than we already do: She has banned all body-shaming words and terms from her site, even — especially — in articles about nutrition and exercise.
The star explained the change in this month’s “Letter From Lauren.”
“When we’ve talked about getting in shape in the past, words like ‘skinny,’ ‘slim’ and ‘thin’ have often come up,” she explained. “Starting this month, we’ll be banning any body shaming terms from the site, and replacing them with words like ‘fit,’ ‘toned’ and ‘healthy.’ We try to do this for the most part anyway, but now we’re making it official! The word ‘skinny’ will now be reserved for skinny jeans.”
“My editorial team and I had a long talk about it, and we want to make sure that the focus is on being fit as opposed to a number on the scale. Every body is created differently — and healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.”
It might seem like a small change, but it has major repercussions. Conrad might be the first person with a major role in the fashion and lifestyle industry of her generation to start this kind of quiet revolution. Words are powerful, and we absorb their meanings deep into our psyches whether we think we do or not. Think of how great you’ll feel when you focus on being healthy, strong and powerful!