One Woman Gets Honest About What It's Like to Be "Fat" in France

When people think of French girls, they think of effortless and low-maintenance beauty. These women hold an incredible laissez-faire attitude about appearance that only adds to their mystique. They pair their Breton stripes with a baguette, drink lots of red wine, and eat rich meals, only to remain slim and chic. At least that’s the stereotype perpetuated by the rest of the world and fueled by its love of icons like Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot.

But according to a French author Gabrielle Deydier, real-life French girls are much more complex. They face the same pressures that the rest of us do, struggling to fit the beauty ideal that others have placed upon them.

Deydier is a self-described "fat" person who wrote a book about her experiences being shamed and ostracized while living in her native France. She recently opened up to The Guardian about her journey toward self-love despite the ever-present criticism of society. Keep reading to hear why she says aspiring to the French beauty standard is unrealistic and maybe even dangerous.

Head over to The Guardian to see the full article, and then read about what being body positive really means.

Opening Image: @gabrielle_deydier