To see a dream become a reality requires more than just dreaming. It requires work, commitment, and drive. It also requires knowing the difference between constructive criticism and criticism that has a more personal bent.
Her dream and professional goal is to dance. Her audition last night proved that she has what it takes. There was a joy and a spirit in her performance that I think was obvious to all who watched it.
Three of the four judges gave her the green light to move forward. Heidi Klum was the only judge to did not give her a yes.
The problem with her reaction is that it smacks of fatphobia and body shaming. When we think of dancers, the general image is of someone who is fit and generally thin. We don’t think of someone who looks like Amanda.
I wish we lived in a world in which drive, talent, and ability were the only factors in determining success, especially in the entertainment field. But we don’t. We live in a world in which one’s outside appearance also plays a role in one’s success.
I wish Amanda all of the success in the world with her dancing career. Perhaps she may be the one who helps us to break the looks only glass ceiling forever.
If you can, I want you to please imagine the following: its a warm summer day. The pool in your apartment complex is calling your name. You put on a one piece pink bathing suit and head out to the pool with your fiance.
Instead of enjoying the time outside, you are approached by building staff and told that your choice of swimwear is inappropriate. You have three choices: change your suit, put on a cover up or leave. Sadly, this happens frequently this time of year. In June of 2017, this happened to Tori Jenkins.
If I was a betting woman, I would say that if Ms. Jenkins was a size 2 and wore a two piece that was barely there, no one would have said anything. But because she has curves, she was body shamed and told that her one piece, modest swim suit was going to “excite” teenage boys.
As I see it, this story says once again that there is a double standard when it comes to women’s bodies. A woman is who size 2 and shows off nearly everything is left alone. But a woman who has curves and shows off those curves is considered to be a problem.
I would love to say that over the last few years, things have changed. A woman is not judged by the size label on her clothes, but by who she is as a person. But it is obvious that we have a long way to go before this judgement is nonexistent.