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Thank you Penelope, you made me understand that every girl worths love and respect, no matter what body type she has!
2024/06/30

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Hold onto your corsets and prepare for a dose of radical self-love, because "Bridgerton" just served up a romance that's as groundbreaking as it is heartwarming. Penelope Featherington, our beloved wallflower turned society queen, isn't just defying societal expectations - she's challenging the very notion of who deserves to be loved and desired.

A Love Story for the Ages (and All Body Types)

Penelope, with her sharp wit, infectious laugh, and a body that dares to deviate from the Hollywood norm, is a refreshing change of pace in a world obsessed with unrealistic beauty standards.

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“The fact that she, like me, inhabits a body which is ever-so-slightly larger than those ordinarily allowed to appear onscreen feels particularly significant," says one "Bridgerton" fan.

And significant it is! To see Penelope, a character who embraces her curves and radiates confidence, find love with the dashing Colin Bridgerton is a victory for anyone who's ever felt like they didn't fit the narrow mold of on-screen romance.

"The Tourist": Another Win for Body Positivity

“Bridgerton” isn't the only show breaking boundaries.

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BBC One's "The Tourist" features a captivating love story between Helen, played by the brilliant Danielle Macdonald, and Elliot, played by the equally brilliant Jamie Dornan.

Helen, a woman who's been conditioned to believe she needs to shrink herself to be worthy of love, finds herself drawn to Elliot, a man who sees her beauty and intelligence without reservation.

Their chemistry is undeniable, and the way Elliot treats Helen with respect and admiration is enough to make even the most cynical viewer believe in love again.

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One scene, in particular, resonates with viewers who've been told they need to change themselves to be desirable. When Helen tells Elliot she's dieting because she "needs to be slimmer," he responds with a simple, "If you say so." It's a subtle but powerful moment that acknowledges Helen's autonomy while also gently challenging the notion that her body needs fixing.

And let's not forget the scene where they wake up in bed together! 

Challenging Harmful Stereotypes

For too long, fat women have been relegated to the sidelines of romantic narratives. We're the funny best friend, the tragic figure, or the villain whose undesirability is directly linked to our weight.

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“Fat women don’t usually get to see ourselves as the romantic lead,” observes one viewer. “Very often we’re shown to be tragic figures leading miserable lives as a result of our weight.”

These harmful stereotypes perpetuate the idea that fat people are somehow less worthy of love, respect, and happiness. And that's simply not true!

Penelope's Transformation: A Celebration of Self-Love

“Bridgerton” avoids these tired tropes by allowing Penelope to embrace her authentic self. Her makeover isn't about conforming to societal pressures; it's about taking control of her own narrative and expressing her individuality.

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“I do not wish to see a citrus color ever again,” Penelope declares, rejecting her mother's overbearing influence and embracing her own unique style.

And it's that confidence and self-assurance that truly makes her shine.

Why Representation Matters

Seeing characters like Penelope and Helen find love and acceptance on screen is a powerful message for anyone who's ever felt marginalized or invisible. It reminds us that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and that everyone deserves to find happiness, regardless of their body type.

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“It’s impossible to overstate how big of a deal this kind of representation is for me,” says one viewer. “Fat women can be joyful; we can be fulfilled, and successful, and talented, and sexy, and beautiful, and loved.”

And "Bridgerton," with its charming cast, lavish sets, and heartwarming love stories, is proving that point in a way that's both entertaining and empowering.

So, the next time you find yourself questioning your worth or feeling pressured to conform to unrealistic beauty standards, remember Penelope Featherington.

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Remember Helen. Remember that love is out there for everyone, and that your body is worthy of celebration, just as it is.

But tell us, dear readers, what are your thoughts on the representation of body diversity in “Bridgerton” and other TV shows? Do you think Hollywood is finally starting to embrace more realistic and inclusive portrayals of love and beauty? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!

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