Ed’s note: Today’s post comes from our contributor Andrea Reitano.
Some time ago, a friend of mine began a “plus size” modelling gig. She was really proud of herself and was eager to become a role model for girls of all ages to be comfortable with their own body shape. I have a lot of respect for her wonderful attitude, but the thing is she’s a size 10. Size ten equalling “plus size” is a cultural perception that our society has concocted. However, there are many countries that see us as nuts for revering slender bodies. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to mention just one – Mauritania.