This year’s MTV Movie Awards were something special, thanks to Rebel Wilson. Dressed in tight, black leather pants, a bedazzled bra, and huge, white angel wings, Wilson made a statement not soon to be forgotten by feminists and women everywhere—women have the power to choose who they model themselves after. Media has always been a huge influence on society, and as a result, we’ve let young girls and women everywhere be subjected to roles and content that suggest women can’t be them-selves if they want to be accepted into the fold. Wilson rejects that fold, using her outfit as a statement to the world at large. After revealing the new Pitch Perfect 2 clip, Wilson tells the media:
"The Bella girls [in Pitch Perfect] are all different shapes and sizes and nationalities. I think one of the good messages in the movie is that you're all beautiful. Sometimes girls will look at Victoria's Secret models and think they have to model themselves after that, but I really don't think that's the best.”
Victoria’s Secret Angels are these bodacious, incredibly slender, well-endowed—busty—women, who appear not only flawless, but have striking good looks. These qualities are impossible to reach for most women, and some even have to undergo surgery and body alterations in order to attain a figure as curvy as one of those women. What’s worse is the self-esteem hit young woman suffer, thinking she needs to be that perfect, that flawless, in order to feel attractive. Women will go to great lengths to feel beautiful, especially when society worships the curvaceous models for their striking beauty. Wilson wants to put a stop to the hurt women and girls feel by encouraging them to think:
"Even though they're called models, they're not the best people to model themselves after. I'd like to encourage other girls to think that way, which is why I put that on my butt. Because it's really about what's up here and not what's here."
Wilson points at her jeweled tushy, then to her head, as she encourages women to simply think. Women are not their bodies, and their bodies are not a reflection of their worth. Wilson wants women to focus on their intelligence and abilities, not everything is about appearance. Just thinking for yourself and accepting who you are is more powerful than the imposing images of “perfect” women in magazine and TV adds.
Reject the image ideals society has developed for women. Own who you are, and what your body is. Don’t gain weight because people tell you, “You need more meat on your bones.” Discard the concept that you have to lose weight to be accepted as beautiful. Refuse to dye your hair because a trend is in. Make your own trend instead.
Ignore the rumors that smart girls aren’t attractive; intelligence is beautiful.
Shake up the world: be yourself, and be proud of everything you are. Love your hips, your curves, your eyes, and your smile; own your intellect, your creativity, and your individuality; embrace your waist, enjoy your calves and thighs, and hug your heart close—every piece of your body and mind is just another incredible part of you.
Rebel Wilson is willing to stand on a stage, fearless, in an outfit that society would claim she wasn’t fit to wear. What will you do?