Reclaiming Fitspo: Brenda Villa
Villa is an American water polo player. Standing at 5’4” and 174 pounds, she is the shortest member of the US women’s polo team.
Born in Los Angeles, she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She first joined a water polo team at 8 years old, following in the footsteps of her older brother. However, since her high school did not have a girls’ team, she spent those four years on the boys’ water polo team instead. This helped her to establish a competitive attitude that contributed to her becoming a 4-time 1st team All-League member, 4-time 1st team All-C.I.F. and a 4-time All-American. She was even invited onto the Junior Olympic Team when she was 16.
While Villa attended Stanford University, she played three seasons on their polo team. In her freshman year alone (2001), she scored 69 goals and was named the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year. In 2002 she led her team with 60 goals to win the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship. She was then awarded the 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award as the top female college water polo player in the United States. She graduated in 2003 with a degree in political science.
Villa joined Team USA in 1998. This means that she has participated in four Olympic Games (earning one Bronze medal, two Silver and one Gold), often scoring the most goals per game for her team. She was even made team captain of the 2005 US national team, winning a silver medal at the FINA World Championship in Montreal. When considering multiple World Championships, Pan American Games and World Cups, Villa is officially the world’s most decorated athlete in women’s water polo.
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I’m not sure where people are getting “Yayyyy bigger people are getting attention!” bc of Anaconda
Ass is not a matter of “skinny” vs “fat”. There are some skinny people with big butts, and some “fat” people with no ass. Guys have ALWAYS liked big ass.
Women are supposed to be skinny, and only allowed to have fat if that fat is IN THE RIGHT PLACES (i.e. tits and ass).
If your body is perfect AND you have a big butt, you’re not going to experience anywhere NEAR the same oppression that a stereotypically “fat” person would experience. It’s COMPLETELY different.
Does Nicki Minaj show cellulite or a big stomach? If she flaunted that, THAT would be challenging fat shaming.
Um. Is everyone forgetting My Humps, I Love Big Butts, etc?
Stop acting like Anaconda is going against fat shaming, bc it’s not.
Everyone has always loved big ass/tits, as long as you’re not “fat” in other places. I don’t recall anyone making a song about how sexy flat-chests are.
Bring out the fucking cellulite & we can talk about “body positivity”.
Anonymous said: lmao one song not for skinny girls ohhh noooo
I understand how hard it is for people who are classified as “curvy” or “fat” by society, and are made to feel ashamed. I know because I get the same shit from the other side of the spectrum. I am a perfectly healthy and well-nourished 17 year old girl and yet:
I’ve been told by my teachers that it looks like a have an eating disorder.
I’ve been told that I look my a skeleton by family members.
I’ve been told I look disgusting.
When my mum had a parent teacher interview with my psych teacher it turned into a conversation about my weight.
Classmates have told me that my weight isn’t normal
despite how short I am.
I get told that my legs look like chicken legs and that my ankles are like sticks (heels make this more prominent)
I hate wearing black leggings in public because I know my legs are like toothpicks.
When I look at my face in the mirror I wonder if all people see is a skull because my cheeks and jaw stick out.
My dad tells me I need to eat more and constantly snickers “are you on a diet or something?” or that I “eat like a bird”.
I get it.
But just because my natural body type is similar to people in magazines, doesn’t mean I should be made to feel ashamed.
I believe that positive body image should be promoted and normalisation of all body shapes (as long as there is no risk to physical or mental health) should be encouraged and endorsed. However, saying “fuck skinny bitches” and basically making thin people feel shit about themselves is NOT the right way to show your support for people who are larger/curvy/chunky/whateveryouwanttocallit.
This is NOT promoting positive body image and acceptance; it is promoting a culture that continues to target and hate on certain groups of people.
Don’t fucking bash skinny people to uplift fat or curvy or pudgy people what the fuck
Is the fucking concept that bringing one group of people down to lift up another isn’t fucking right and makes things worse such a hard one to fucking grasp?
You don’t have to bring someone down to bring others “up”.
Is being not being an asshole really that hard? REALLY?!?
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What a cute family!—