For the past month or so, I go to the Barnes and Nobles in my neighborhood every morning during the week and write until lunch. I work on the cookbook, on whatever articles I’m doing for the week, on my latest children’s book and on the new Christmas romance I’m about to query publishers on.
Spending the morning writing surrounded by books with the gentle whir of expresso machines and chatter is like macaroni and cheese for the soul. It’s comfortable, soothing and I never get tired of it.
The other day, I was wondering up and down the aisles when this book beckoned to me. Expecting another “woe is me” tale, I picked it up and began to skim through it. Soon, my skepticism changed from shock to sympathy to laughter.
Hungry, by Crystal Rynn, is the true-life tale of a supermodel who tired of 8 hour workouts and diet pills and celery and bucked the system by modeling at her natural size, a 12 (she’s 5’9). What impressed me than rather than blame the fashion industry, she analyzed the ‘obesity epidemic’ and society’s obsession with women and weight, no matter which range they fall in. The book was heartbreakingly honest and terrifying, but hopeful at the same time.
What struck me the most was Rynn’s message of being true to oneself and success following the confidence of knowing you’re doing what’s good for you, regardless of what society or ones industry might say. After spending years watching my mother diet and be ashamed of her weight and my sister following the same path, and having my own personal struggles with body image and weight; I admire Rynn’s guts to take a stand in an industry that finds a size six fat.
After a pivotal moment of breaking down, Rynn’s first ‘recovery’ meal is a salmon salad at a cafe next to a modeling agency. Rather than binge, she enjoys the rich flavors and succulent greens, much like this salad.
I know she inspired me to make one next weekend. How about you?
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