Lilo & Stitch is my favourite Disney film mostly because it’s hilarious, has catchy songs, feature charming yet realistic relationships, dem wacky aliens, and ohana. But there’s one other thing I really appreciate about it…
Nani Pelekai’s legs.
No, seriously. You see, I used to hate my legs. I very specifically recall a moment when I was eleven - yes, as early as freakin’ age eleven - when I looked at my legs and swore I would always hide them under long pants. I blamed my father for giving me my soccer calves, and I used to admire Sleeping Beauty’s slender gams. Don’t judge me; I grew up in HK where girls are blasted every day by strangers and family alike for not being this impossibly ideal image (my hate-hate relationship with the Asian media is a story for another time).
But, look! Nani has the same kind of legs as me! Round calves, thick thighs that result in skin-hugging shorts, grounded and sensible feet. They tell you the side of her that’s hardworking, athletic, responsible and determined. She’s still attractive and obviously quite healthy. And though they’re located above the hips, you gotta appreciate that little tummy stickin’ out too.
Only in the past year or so have I embraced the fact that I’m built like a swimmer, not a princess. And I’m still coming to terms that it’s fine to be that way. So when I tug on my shorts in the morning, I’ll tell myself that I’m Nani, not Aurora.
Bless this post and the awesome girl that wrote this.
THIS IS WHY THE REPRESENTATION OF DIFFERENT BODY TYPES IN MEDIA IS IMPORTANT AS FUCK
You rock those hairy legs, Patty, and don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not okay! <3
Jennifer Lawrence is so beautiful, she has a great body that she should be proud of! I think she looks much better un-photoshopped. I’m sure you all agree.
Oh god, what did they DO to her?! Poor bb!
They fucked up with that shit.
What a fucking horrible thing to do for women’s self esteem round the world. My body type is pretty close to the un-photoshopped Jennifer, and now it’s like, EW, THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH, LET’S JUST SLICE OFF THAT FAT, SUCK IN THAT TUMMY, TUCK THOSE THIGHS, DE-PUFF THOSE CHEEKS, SNIP THOSE WASHERWOMAN ARMS.
Fuck you, beauty standards. FUCK YOU.
“These legs have run two half marathons and hold a potential that astounds me”.
The miles that these legs must have travelled in my life amazes me. I can walk, run, jump and dance, yet I have never considered my legs as anything other than something to work on. To make thinner, create a thigh gap.
Not only have I been incredibly vain and ignorant towards how precious mobility is, I have also been in complete denial! My legs are built like brick shithouses - true rugby player’s legs (never enjoyed the game personally). Those puppies will NEVER be stick thin or even particularly slender unless I contract some horrid wasting disease and who the heck would choose to be in that situation?! So it’s time to stop trying and get on with life.
I need to accept that this is how I am, and learn to love me. Thunder thighs and all. These babies could kick some serious arse to mars and back and I am appalled at having taken that for granted.
Next post won’t be so long winded and me!me!me! Pinky swear.
I love this so much :)