Sunday, July 15, 2007

Temple native wins plus-size beauty title

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Some of us would like to blame our jeans when we discover they’re too tight to hoist over our hips.
But we can’t because somewhere inside our heads, a little voice says it’s all our fault. And the picture-perfect models we see on TV only make us feel worse.
“In the media, on the Internet, everything you see today says that plus-sizes are bad,” said Sabrina Mathis of Hutto, the Temple native who was crowned Ms. Plus America 2007 on June 7. “And these days, you’re considered overweight if you’re anything over a size 14. The message should say, ‘you can be beautiful and overweight.’”
The extra weight shouldn’t send a person headfirst into depression, she said.
“It’s important to love yourself and the skin you’re in,” Mathis said. “Forget about counting calories. It’s more important to maintain a body that is happy and healthy. And that’s a different thing for each person.”