Friday, 01 February 2013
My jaw literally hit the floor when I heard about the idiotic move by the Baltimore Ravens, who banned 5-year veteran cheerleader Courtney Lenz from participating in the Super Bowl game because she "had a rough year."
Her rough year? Gaining less than 2 pounds.
While the reason for the Ravens' move is still in debate, many sources are saying that it was a direct response to her gaining a few measly pounds over the course of the past few months. Lenz weighs, with the "weight gain," about 125 pounds.
Some sources say that it's not weight-related, but rather related to the fact that she announced her retirement at the end of this season. Ravens' representatives are saying that they "simply cannot take the whole cheerleading squad."
It's no wonder that women are self-critical and self-judgmental. When you hear about stories like this, or see magazines critiquing weight gain of celebrities… what else could the world expect?
Well I'll tell you this. Although I'm also a victim of feeling the overwhelming pressure to have a Victoria's Secret-level body, I think that all women are beautiful in one way or another.
To the women with the already VS-approved bodies, understand that we're proud of you and your dedication to maintain your level of fitness.
To the women, like me, challenging themselves everyday to get there – or to just get healthier, both physically and emotionally – I congratulate you and encourage you on your path to a new you. You're beautiful, we all are... And I would keep you all on my own personal cheerleading squad.
What do you think about this story? Do you think professional cheerleaders should expect this kind of treatment due to their line of work? Or do you think the Baltimore Ravens are completely in the wrong about this? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!