Our legacy is not our appearance…

On the 29th January, 2015 a famous Australian author died – her name was Colleen McCullough. On that same day, I opened The Australian online to read the following opening lines to her obituary…

COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”

I’m sorry – what??? pardon???…”she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth” – insinuating that despite her size and her being “plain”, she still had some redeeming features. This Journalist would have us believe that we should be grateful that Colleen  was a “woman of wit and warmth” or we might never have known who she was.  Seriously, since when do we describe someone’s physical appearance as the opening lines of an obituary?

Infact I’ve searched high and low and I can’t find an obituary that passed comment on appearance at all! I am just absolutely gobsmacked that this journalist even managed to get this obituary past the editor! This is a disgrace.

When are we going to get over our prejudices and focus on what was achieved, and the legacy we left, this should be the focus, NEVER appearance.  How is this relevant to her life, her ability to write, be loved by her husband, sell books or become so successful?

Reading this article made my blood boil, but then I googled and found that I wasn’t the only one! This article on the topic published by The Age covers how I was feeling!

A couple of weeks later I’m still shaking my head. I’m more determined than ever to keep role modelling that it’s not how you look, it’s what you do, how you do it, how you behave, how you treat others, and how much you love that are important in this life. It’s also how you chose to love your shape! NOT how everyone else (or in this instance one sad journalist) thinks you should.

colleen mcculloughI salute Colleen for her amazing life and the joy she bought others, may she rest in peace.

Love your shape!

Janine x


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