A friend of mine told me: “Taylor, strong is the new skinny.” I think she might be onto something.
Our idea of beauty as pertaining to women and men is not carved in stone. It’s a concept that changes with time. Check out this great post on what was considered beautiful in the 1700s and 1800s. And things just kept changing. Check out this post on more recent views on beauty. http://www.rehabs.com/explore/womens-body-image-and-bmi/
I think romance books reflect our changing views. Today’s heroines are more active, determined and fit than their predecessors. To match, our heroes have a sharp sense of humour and are also determined, successful and fit.
While I keep thinking that it’s sad we put so much emphasis on the physical, I’m delighted with this new trend towards fitness. Though Romance can’t change a society, it’s so lovely to see it reflect healthier attitudes towards beauty in women and men. Go fitness!