Lauren Conrad is taking a firm stance against the damage women can do to their own bodies through language, sharing a note on her website that clarifies some new words that are firmly on the don’t-use list.
When we’ve talked about getting in shape in the past, words like “skinny,” “slim,” and “thin” have often come up. Starting this month, we’ll be banning any body-shaming terms from the site, and replacing them with words like “fit,” “toned,” and “healthy.” We try do to this for the most part anyway, but now we’re making it official! The word skinny will now be reserved for skinny jeans. My editorial team and I had a long talk about it, and we want to make sure that the focus is on being fit as opposed to a number on the scale. Every body is created differently—and healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.
June is health and fitness month on Conrad’s site, putting the issue front and center for her. Her editorial stance fits in nicely to a larger conversation we’ve been interested in following—for a similar type of read about why word choice matters, check out the questions plus-size models are tired of being asked.