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Chic Talk: Could Chelsea Settles be a trailblazer?
Posted on October 26, 2011

photo courtesy of MTV.com

I usually don't care about shows if they're not old sitcoms from the 1970s-1990s or wedding related, but I'm kind of curious to see what Chelsea Settles is all about. I admit I was turned off by the whole concept of the show when I first saw the previews and decided I wouldn't support another show about girls trying to lose weight so they can be thin, happy and live a fabulous life . Don't get me wrong, I'm all for losing weight in order to be healthier. Heck, I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds myself, but that's because I want to be fit and healthier, not because I'm unhappy with my life at a size 16/18. 

I do have empathy for those who deal with self esteem issues stemming from weight problems, eating disorders, etc. What I find sickening and degrading is how TV networks put these shows together depicting plus size women (and men in some cases) that are overweight and depressed and in turn make it seem like everyone in the plus size community is suffering from self esteem issues and want to be thin when thats not the case at all. 

Okay, getting to the point of this rant: After reading this article from CNN about plus size characters changing on TV for the better, I changed my mind about the show and Im going to check the show out. It was good to read positive feedback from plus size bloggers and Chelsea Settles herself. Im also glad MTV decided not to make her weight loss journey the main focus of the show. I think it will be interesting and inspiring to watch a plus size girl move to a big city to make her dreams of working in fashion become a reality. Now that's the type of stuff I want to see on TV! 

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