love, light and mermaid tails

Where are the real role models?


I haven’t grown to love my scars. In fact, I loved them from the very first day I had them. I wasn’t ashamed of them. Instead I knew that they had given me life. Similarly I embraced my bald head whilst going through chemotherapy – I saw a warrior when I looked in the mirror. I never saw a victim. I love my colostomy bag and everything it stands for; advances in medical science and ultimately life-saving surgery.

Yet if I were to believe what society and the media have told me then I would be feeling I very different way. I would view my scars as ugly and hide them from the world. My colostomy bag would be disgusting and I would feel ashamed. When I was bald I would have felt less of a woman.
Eh, hold on a minute. I don’t think so!

I have never felt more wonderful than I do today. I’ve never felt more proud of my body for all of the incredible things it can do and the fact that, most importantly, it is providing me with life. My body is incredible, and so is yours!

So, why does society tell us otherwise? Why do we feel we need to be a certain weight, not to be healthy but to be attractive? Why do we feel less than ourselves unless we look a certain way?

Where are all the role models telling us that our gorgeous ‘imperfections’ make us perfect?
When I was a little girl growing up every female  role model looked a certain way. She had her pretty dress and her long perfect hair. She was beautiful and slim. The dolls I payed with, the cartoon characters I admired…they were all the same.

Nothing changed when I became a teenager, or even when I became an adult. Everywhere I looked I was told that ‘beauty’ and ‘perfection’ looks a certain way.

Well, today I am wondering where are the cartoon characters with a little (or a lot) of curves on their hips? Where are the dolls rocking a short hairstyle, or no hair at all for that matter? Where are the models with scars? Where are the actors or actresses with colostomy bags?

Ultimately, where are the people teaching the next generation that being a warrior, being ‘different’ and ‘imprerfect’ is much more sexy than being ‘perfect’.

On my journey with stage four cancer, and now teaching yoga to children and adults, I always aspire to be the person I needed when I was growing up and so today I am wanting to challenge soiety’s perception of ‘perfect’ and encourage us all to embrace our beautiful bodies. 

It took cancer, chemotherapy and MASSIVE surgery before I appreciated my body and learnt to love it without bashing it every time I looked in the mirror or tried on new clothes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the next generation just unashamedly loved themselves for who they are.

I want to see role models that real people can relate to. There needs to be a change and it starts with you the next time you look in the mirror and recognise how incredibly gorgeous, sexy and wonderful you are just as you.

You don’t need to look a certain way or weigh a certain weight. You don’t have to fit into a certain dress size or wear ‘the latest fashion’. You, just as you are, right now, are perfect. That breath you just took, that pulse in your veins, that is your body doing wonderful things to keep you alive.  Isn’t that the most beautiful, magical and incredible thing ever? Wow how lucky we are to have such amazing bodies.

Love and light, Fi xx

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Author: Fi Munro

I am a 31 year old woman diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. I blog about my cancer journey and the importance of maintaining holistic physical, emotional and spiritual health. I also talk about the importance of eating the right food...a lot! Get in touch on twitter: @fkmunro

9 thoughts on “Where are the real role models?

  1. Inspirational post, Fi. I actually feel your warrior power when reading your words. You help to take the fear out of those things that we dread and shun. It is liberating to reframe our thoughts in this way and to see our great strengths rather than focus on our imperfections. Keep up the good fight you warrior leader and continue to show us the way. 💜

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  2. Thank you so much. Lots of love to you xxx

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  3. I’ve always been me no matter what!!! You’re a fight girl!!!

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  4. Great post Fi. I totally agree. Some people are so superficial. And it takes people like you to change the way people think.

    I know this is nowhere what you have been through FI. In my situation, I had ovarian cancer stage one with a very swollen tummy. I looked like I was six months pregnant, so I had a full hysterectomy and chemotherapy. So I have the scar from my belly button all the way down. My stomach never went down. It just hangs there when I lay on my side. When my husband goes to cuddle me, I instantly lay on my back to flatten my tummy out, smile. But I don’t now. I am proud of that scar. I earnt it. It is who I am, and I have learnt to love the scar and myself. Xxx love and light xxx

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  5. Love this! ‘I earnt it!’ Is a great quote!xx


  6. Congrats on finding your cancer fast!

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  7. Love the scars I’ve one on my arm inside elbow from age 4 being bit by a dog, 18 small stitches on the inside including tieng my vein back together along w 4 big stitches on the outside.

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  8. Ouch! Sounds like an epic scar! #Warrior ❤️ xxx


  9. Yep! I call my scars kisses from God!!!

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