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A New Future....
I took another sip of coffee and took a deep relaxing breath. Finally, a morning to myself. Now I don't want you to think that I don't like my life. In fact I love it. What isn't to love? I am one of the 10 top super models of the world. I have a big house, nice cars, men falling over themselves to be with me and a wonderful beautiful daughter. My life is busy but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Sighing I take another gulp and think about that last statement. Perhaps I'm not being totally honest; I suppose if I could I would change my daughter. But only because that is what she wants. Don't get me wrong. I love her. She is beautiful and smart and caring. Nevertheless she's not happy. High school is very difficult for her. I try to tell her that she is beautiful and that one day someone will love her the way she is. But she doesn't believe me.
I pop a mouthful of croissant in my mouth and think back to the day she was born. Everything went great. The pregnancy was normal, I was in labor for only 5 hours and she came out screaming at the world. She had the most beautiful blue eyes and a thick mop of brown hair. The first few years she grew up just like everyone else and then after she turned 4 we started noticing things. She stopped developing like the other girls her age in the neighborhood.
Finishing off the croissant and starting on the second, my mind went back to the day before. She came home from school in tears yet again. "They laughed at me again mom!!," she cried, "they made fun of the way I look and called me names. I want that surgery." Those 4 little words scare me. Yes, there is a surgery that may help her look more normal but it's dangerous. Can I put my daughter in that situation? But she's so unhappy. I try to tell her that there are men out there that like women like her but she wants to be normal. She wants to be able to walk into a store and buy clothes off the rack like her friends. If the surgery will do that and make her happy, isn't that what is important?
The door slams and she walks in again. She really is beautiful. But her eyes are red and tears streak down her face. "Mom, I didn't gain again. I eat and eat and nothing happens." I sigh and nod. She has tried every food plan and gimmick on the market but she stays skinny. It's hard for her having a mother who is a 450 pound super model. She wants so much to be heavy like all the other girls.
I wipe the butter from my lips, stand up and when she runs to me and I wrap my flabby arms around her she cries as I whisper, "Ok sweetheart. We'll get you the best surgeon in the world."
Sue Carter -SSBBW
The Corset Diaries - Katie MacAlister
No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man-a real-life Duke-is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset...