Our buddy Nick LeFabvre Snooped over to us an interesting debate he's interested in having about a hashtag making it's rounds in the fit-focused social networks (and beyond): #EFFyourbeautystandards.
The hashtag is intended to encourage women to self-define their own ideals of beauty, and to not attach too deeply to the marketed ideals of "industrialized beauty." It was started by a plus size model Tess Holliday, who was signed to major modeling agency recently.
Which is where Nick's post comes in. He snooped us a contrary – and rather inflammatory – opinion on the matter from a fitness enthusiast named Brit Bliss. (A model in the beauty industry, she chose the title "public figure" on Facebook, so clearly is a woman of huge authority on the matter. Eye-roll.) While the message Holliday represents seems very healthy (not to mention savvy as heck), it turns sour when placed in the hands of Miss Bliss (oooh! now we get it!) and her "fit-chick" extremism. She strongly that everyone thinks the same way she does, believing that fat is a bad thing no matter what and should be "fought against."
While Nick noted to us his opinion that both women have balls for two entirely opposite reasons, he is mostly fascinated with what others think of this debate. And that curiosity makes all of this double-Snoopworthy, because when a competitive bodybuilder – usually the stereotype of body-nazi-ism – is inviting a rational debate on self-image message, well, it's something pretty nifty.