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MIND, BODY+SOUL

Editor’s Note Maria-Elena brings an important point to the table. Like every other magazine out there, we are perpetuating the “THIN IS IN” problem. Fit is the new skinny and in this article you’ll find images of us, the RAGMAG staff, in all shapes and sizes. As for the content of this article: we are guilty as charged. Once you read this piece, if you agree with Maria-Elena’s suggestion for a BIG issue, please tweet it our way @RAGMAGLebanon. It’s Your Magazine.

What if RAGMAG, YOUR MAGAZINE, releases a BIG ISSUE where EVERYTHING is BOLDER, BIGGER AND BETTER?

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verybody knows that RAGMAG is a different from other locally published magazines because we talk back to our readers, we listen to what they have to say and we interact on every platform possible. We write about everything and anything and aren’t afraid of controversy and generating a little heat. But are we really different in every way? Take a moment and flip through your past RAGMAG issues; check out the models on the cover, the models in our shoots and every single image we choose to print. Aren’t they absolutely hot, deliciously skinny and perfect in every way? According to society and what we have been conditioned to think, yes, they most certainly are. But do they represent real women? Do they represent all the women who read RAGAMG, the women who write in RAGMAG and women in general? No, they most certainly do not. Not that our readers aren’t hot, they sure are, but they’re not all models. Now I know I’m the farthest thing from skinny and although I keep trying dieting and exercising, I still love good food and sitting around with a book more than running around while chewing on a celery stick. And I know for a fact that I’m not the only round person on the RAGMAG team. But except for my article “Skinny Bitches” (2 years ago) and a few articles where Youmna Chagoury mentions the bathrobes at some spas are also made for bigger sizes (and when she says she loves good food), we as a staff greatly marginalize plus-sized women. We live in a society that prides itself on having 17 denominations and various cultural norms and traditions but we keep showcasing one physical shape -the long, skinny girls - in our ads and photo shoots, in our fashion advice and our relationship articles. I know skinny is considered sexy and, therefore sells well, but bigger can also be beautiful and I think people should be reminded of that.

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Aren’t you tired of seeing stick-thin models and actresses with bodies to die for thanks to their 24/7 crew of personal trainers, chefs and helpers and hearing those women tell you what to eat, what to drink and how often you have to work out? Don’t they realize that women in the real world don’t get paid to look good? Aren’t you tired of seeing beautiful items of clothing in these glossy pages, going to the store and finding out that they don’t sell your size? Aren’t you bored of seeing tiny waists, slender arms and dainty thighs in these pages then looking around and noticing that this is not the way things are? Did you know that our very own February 2012 cover girl, Dita Von Teese, launched a lingerie line that allows women of all shapes and sizes to have beautiful, sensual lingerie that fits their body types? Did you know that Brazilian plus-size model Fluvia Lucerda has been dubbed the “plus-sized Gisele Bundchen” or that size 18 (UK) Tara Lynn graced the cover of Elle magazine? Did you know that countries and magazines have passed laws and rules to ban the use of overly thin and anorexic models? Did you know, sadly, that Karl Lagerfeld said that Adele was “a little too fat,” completely ignoring her talent or that young girls today repeat Kate Moss’ infamous quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”? Is this what you want RAGMAG to be all about, just like any other magazine, or do you want YOUR MAGAZINE to promote REAL WOMEN? I’m not saying that we should celebrate obesity, far from it, but let’s celebrate beauty in general. What if RAGMAG, YOUR MAGAZINE, releases a BIG ISSUE where EVERYTHING is BOLDER, BIGGER AND BETTER? From plus-size models in flattering shoots to articles about what makes bigger better in both men and women, to medical opinions on overweight people to pop-culture with movies, songs and books. How about we feature the world’s biggest malls, palaces, people, Christmas trees, biggest book phenomena… BIG. That’s what I’m saying.

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