Toni looked at herself in the mirror for the hundredth time, and couldn’t help but smile. For the first time in her adult life, she loved what was reflecting in the mirror.
A beautiful young executive, wife and mother, Toni never felt sexy. She always wanted to be skinny, not a size zero but skinny nonetheless. She wanted to be able to wear short shorts in the summer and show off her tiny waist but her thighs were too big and her butt always seemed to be growing bigger and bigger. Toni wished she was skinny.
She had tried every exercise and work out…she had done Jenny Craig…weight watchers…herbs…yoga and Zumba and was now on P90X but the truth was; she was a curvy girl, and no amount of workouts and diets could take that away.
As Toni stood naked in front of her large mirror thoughts of weight loss and diets rushed through her perfectly formed head….she let her hair down from the bun it had been in all morning following another hectic workout, a 6 mile run and some heavy weight lifting…black and silky satin hair fell to her back…her hair complimented her brown eyes and caramel skin…Toni couldn’t help but smile…she had a full head of beautiful hair.
Her thoughts continued to wander into the world of diets, and all things skinny as Adele played softly in the background…Toni slipped on a gray and strapless bra…her brown eyes sparkled as she saw her image in the mirror…she didn’t dare acknowledge the thought lingering at the back of her mind…she slipped on her black lace underskirt…her tiny midsection seemed to speak as the diamond chain sitting on her waist shined in the dimly lit room…Toni still wouldn’t allow herself any excitement as she put a purple spaghetti strap maxi dress over her shoulders…the dress fell perfectly on her body…purple complemented her skin tone so well…
Toni looked at herself in the mirror and this time she smiled…she acknowledged her beauty…she wasn’t skinny…she wasn’t the size she wanted…but it didn’t matter…the image in the mirror was beautiful.
Toni looked at herself again and for first time embraced her curves…her bosom was perfect thanks to her bra…her waist was well accentuated thanks to the dress…and her hips and butt were in perfect proportion to her frame…Toni smiled for the hundredth time…for the first time in her adult life, she loved her reflection in the mirror.
For the first time in her life, Toni felt beautiful…she loved how the curves she never wanted made her feel…Toni felt like a WOMAN.
Standing in front of this mirror
Embracing the totality of her image
Naked and unashamed
Every bit of this reflection
Speaks a truth
No longer hiding
No longer hating
She embraces her totality
And these curves…
These curves that make her
*Based loosely on a true story…I didn’t know from which angle to write this…I came up with this short story and poem*