If you’ve ever popped in one of her workout tapes, watched The Biggest Loser, or seen Jillian Michaels in an interview, you know how tough of a trainer she can be physically, verbally, and mentally. So my question is, where did all of this awesome body positivity come from?
We totally agree with you, Jill, but whoa. Now before you say that you can’t love your body and want to change it, you actually can. There are plenty of women who work out because they love their bodies and want to celebrate what it can do. There are also women who suffer from weight-related physical complications and want to show that they love their body by becoming well again. We already know there are amazing women who elect to not workout, but their are plenty of BoPo beauties who do. It looks like someone definitely told Jillian Michaels this.
Now, we could see this one of two ways. We could be *super* skeptical and ask who on earth told her to do this? There’s no way she came up with this on her own, and she’s pandering to a trend as to not seem like a jerk. Fans have asked.
Or, we could embrace the fact that she’s an insanely popular trainer, a household name, and now her message is laced with body positivity. She’s watching what she’s saying and being realistic about her audience. We’re choosing the latter.
It becomes particularly important in moments like this that we support people who are doing things slightly out of their norm because it isn’t always just about how they feel. Sometimes, it’s about people doing great things for the community because they have a platform, regardless of how they actually feel about the situation.
It’s about disregarding the prejudice against curvier women, and recognizing that most of us would like to eat pizza in our underwear and have a crown on all day. She’s finding common ground and preaching a cool workout regimen at the same time.
There’s no reason to be mad at that. And it does not seem totally disingenuous because she is still eating veggies, kicking serious butt on the mat, and rocking some seriously flat abs. She is still her, but her platform is appreciating women who don’t look like she does. Keep doing you, Jill. Whether this was your choice or the suggestion of someone on your team, we’re here for it.