This model wants to redefine what ‘normal’ looks like on fitness publications.


    This is Nadia Aboulhosn.

    And if I were you, I’d remember that name.

    The model, blogger, and “rule-breaker” is the latest cover girl on Women’s Running magazine.

    And, as the outlet noted, the Los Angeles-based social media starring is truly “a force of nature.”

    You don’t ensure Aboulhosn’s body size or shape too often on or in fitness publications, which is unfortunate, to say the least.

    Even though she may have more curves than the stereotypical fitness models’ chiseled abs of steel, Aboulhosn is in pretty great shape, and “shes been” for awhile.

    Take, for instance, the fact that she was the only girl on her high school’s football squad and that she could “bench press a crazy amount.”

    The coach-and-four liked to joke with the guys when I would beat them in practice, ” Aboulhosn, who now stays in shape by operating and circuit develop, told the magazine.

    If Aboulhosn is in great shape( so much so that she’s circuit training and out-lifting the guys ), why aren’t more women with bodies like hers also gracing the coverings of fitness magazines?

    Aboulhosn’s cover isn’t simply unique. It’s helping redefine what “healthy” looks like.

    Because, as many experts will tell you, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover-up when it comes to apparel sizing and physical health. Fat people can be in great shape and incredibly healthy, just like skinny people can be in poor shape or unhealthy. To assume that one body type is more or less healthy than others just by looking at them is absurd. Not to mention, health entails different things to different people: What’s healthy for person or persons may not be healthy for another.

    Health and fitness mags should take note of this as they’re often the ones perpetuating these body stereotypes.

    Photo via iStock.

    Author and health researcher Linda Bacon, Ph.D ., spoke with Upworthy in January about the widespread fallacy that connects body sizing and health.

    “To rephrased a now famous comment from my friend and boulder superstar Marilyn Wann, ‘the only thing you can diagnose about a fat person is your own level of prejudice, ‘” Bacon told Upworthy. “Even the heavily entrenched idea that heavier people feed more than thinner people isnt supported by data.”

    That’s why the April cover of Women’s Running magazine matters.

    Aboulhosn hopes her cover-up can be part of a larger dialogue on body positivity and what it means to be “normal.”

    Im just trying to normalize what should have already been seen as normal, ” Aboulhosn told BuzzFeed , noting she doesn’t use the term “plus-size” to describe herself because it contributes to the idea that one particular body sizing is the standard and anything other than that isn’t ideal.

    Even if its constructing people feel uncomfortable right now, ” she said of her covering, “I hope[ readers] take away that[ body type diversity] is what normal is going to be eventually.

    Becoming a cover-up model? Cool. Changing the conversation about health and body positivity? Way cooler.

    Bravo, Nadia.

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