Love: one size fits all?

Brad and Angelina. Kim and Kanye. Beyoncé and Jay Z. Besides being famous, rich, and beautiful, what else do these powerhouse couples have in common? Their size.

Think about it. Have you ever thumbed through a magazine and seen celebrity couples who weren’t roughly the same size? If you did happen to see such a photo, I’m sure the photo was included in an article to discuss this very issue.

Honey Boo Boo’s mom, Mama June, and her fiancé, Sugar Bear, come to mind.

These two were hitched in May, but the magazines are only interested in how much weight Mama June has lost. As the Black Eyed Peas would say, “Where is the love?”

Another blogger, Gloria, recently published an article for Yahoo! Shine about being overweight and having a fit boyfriend.

She discusses the rude comments people have made (“Is he blind?”) and the impact their relationship has had on her (she feels more confident!).

Why do people say these hurtful things? My answer: because of all the images we are bombarded with every day, depicting “perfect” couples (who, coincidently(?), happen to be the same size).

Gloria’s fiancé, Ali, then responded with an article of his own.

He describes how much he can’t stand when people make nasty comments about Gloria, but says that Gloria realizes that “these comments say more about the people making them than they do about her.” Personally, I think it’s great that Gloria has enough confidence to not let the media sway her. You go, girl!

So, is true love really blind? Ali makes a great statement that answers my question: “I’m not going to lie: I was initially attracted to her because of how she looks.”

Even though Ali admits that love is not blind, at least he was able to defy the norms portrayed in the media and be with the person he loves. Love truly does conquer all.

Sarah Liming is currently a junior at the University of Dayton. She is a psychology major and is currently involved with an organization on campus called Active Minds which focuses on reducing the negative stigma associated with mental health and mental illness. After she finishes her undergrad education, Sarah plans to work at a clinic helping people recover from eating disorders.

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  1. One of my cousins has been married for ten years to a lovely Norwegian fellow. She weighs about 300 pounds, he about 165. He is not a “chubby chaser.” The woman he was dating before her had “supermodel” looks.
    My cousin and her husband were friends for about five years before they started dating. He had a function to attend one night after having broken up with his conventionally attractive girlfriend and asked my cousin to accompany him just as a friend. Things clicked and the rest is history!
    If you find someone who makes you happy, that should be the most important thing, not looks.

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