The lesson in chubby knees

by byanika on 27/11/2011 · 59 comments

in body issues,By Anika,self worth

Hi Sweethearts!

If you met me as a teenager you would see me wearing skirts so long that they were dragging on the ground. I always felt uncomfortable with my legs. Later I would go all out and wear skirts that cover the knees. I know. But I felt naked doing it, exposed, you know?

I was always grateful to have legs that work, but there was all sorts of wrong with them. They were to fat. Too unattractive. Too curvy. I never thought I would enjoy showing them off. I never dreamed my chubby knees would be a part of me feeling hot.

There you go. I confess it. I feel hot. And I like my chubby knees. Hold the phone!

When the wind blows my skirt up I no longer fret to hold the skirt down. I let it travel further up than I used to. (Wait. What? Mum, stop reading.) Think Marilyn Monroe-moments, not full on flashing you-moments. It`s a fine line, I know. I`ll stop there.

The outfit: The dress and bolero (made from the same fabric that I used for my massive living room lamp) are my design. Bling is Forever 21 and H&M. Wegdes are Din Sko.

What is the lesson in my having chubby knees?

If you can`t (be bothered to) change what you`ve got then just get on with it and let it rip. I didn`t use to think that chubby legs are sexy, but I do now. Why? Because those are the knees I have got, so I might as well enjoy them.

Gusts of wind, please!

Tell me my friends, how do you feel about your gams?

 

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1 KatrinNo Gravatar November 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Lovely! I feel about my arms in that way, but I wish I could change it. I mean I know that I could do it, but at the moment I might not be ready for it…I don’t know just feel so naked showing my bare arms, uncomfortable and naked. But it is great to see that the change must be made in you not in the world! If we all change out perception of certain things, they will change and get better, I am sure of that!

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2 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Oh honey, I know what you mean. In our own time, we will show our arms. I feel shy about that too. Yes, it is indeed WE who hold the key. It is all in the perception. I love you my friend. Will finally write you that guest post I promised so long ago. <3

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3 THE-LOUDMOUTHNo Gravatar
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November 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I have never understood the whole kneephobia that women have. To me, all knees look the same! I don’t think yours look any different from mine or anyone else’s. But I suppose we all have our things that we’re self-conscious about. :) I’m happy you’ve gotten over your fear, my dear. I adore you and your bodacious bod!

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4 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I know, now I don`t know what the big deal was, but it sure was big at the time. I love your knees! :D I fancy the hell out you, you vixen you. Come hit on me already! Hugs <3

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5 The Girlie BloggerNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 12:30 am

I think you look fabulous in skirts. You probably looked fabulous in skirts when you were a teenager too. Love the layering hon. Good outfit!
http://www.thegirlieblog.com

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6 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Actually, it was more like doing community service, sweeping the streets clean haha. Thanks love, will visit you very soon indeed! Much love.

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7 JessNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 12:48 am

I never really thought about my knees but I do feel similarly about my thighs. They’re huge and they’re not really going anywhere, but for the most part they’re usually covered by a skirt or dress anyway. But when a gust of wind comes by and my skirt blows up a hair or two? I’m okay with that, I really am. You won’t see my thighs hanging out on the daily, but once in a while, it’s kind of fun.

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8 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Yep, I can relate sweetheart. I think we should get together and flash each other. What do you say? Hugs!

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9 Patti @ NotDeadYet StyleNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 1:35 am

You said it — get on with it and let it rip. All of our parts are beautiful, if we choose it : >

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10 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

And, as always, you go straight to heart of it. I have such love for you, I hope you know that. I adore you. Many hugs coming your way my friend.

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11 NekiahNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 4:41 am

LOL!!!! Girl I am cracking up here because before I read the next line I was thinking wait a minute Anika a “flasher”…who knew!! haha You are beautiful from head to toe and your knees are perfect! This dress is insanely awesome! Love it and love you! Kiah

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12 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Mwuaahahhahahhaha, girlfriend. I LOVE you! And, I didn`t actually say I don`t flash, did I! OOOOh yes, how do you think I get lucky so much. OMG, I seriously hope my mum doesn`t read my comments. My knees are perfect??? Honey, those are rose coloured glasses you`ve got on, and I love it. Am bonkers for you. Thinking of you much! Kisses and flashings!

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13 bangyourheadNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

Haha, tøffing!!

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14 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hehehehhehe. Sussebass! Suss og klem.

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15 CameronNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

It’s not so much my gams as it is my feet. I was born with a genetic defect from my father’s side where I came out fine except for my feet; I have three toes on my left foot (middle and big toe are webbed together), four on my right, am missing numerous foot bones overall, and the left leg is a quarter-inch shorter than my right.

That said, it could have been far worse; one of my cousins, also with this defect, had to have his legs amputated just so he could be able to walk with prosthetics if he deigned to do so.

Believe me. I would love to swap out my feet for something more mechanical and gorgeous — the first step to my cyborg future — but since that requires research, development and money, I’ll make do with what I have for the time being. As long as I can still walk, right?

Anyway, flash, flash away ma chèrie ! Let that gust of wind carry you aloft into the fluffy clouds above where you can see double rainbows forever and ever!

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16 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Honey, let`s work what we`ve got, I agree. Thank you for sharing. You are my fave future cyborg-knock out! Big hugs and kisses. Oh, and have you seen a documentary called “100 % human”? Look it up. I think you`ll enjoy it, and also reckognize someone you know in it. Love you sweetheart.

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17 NanneNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

Herlig post! Den eneste kroppsdelen jeg med hånda på hjertet kan si at jeg er – og alltid har vært – misfornøyd med, er lårene. De er tjukke og har en litt rar form, og trening ser ikke ut til å bite på dem i det hele tatt. Pluss at de gjør det problematisk å finne bukser som sitter pent. Ellers er jeg fornøyd, jeg:)

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18 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Nanne, kjære du, da er vi to. Mine er også rare og tjukke, og jeg gidder ikke engang prøve å trene dem vekk haha. Bukser har jeg også gitt opp, det er jo klin umulig, spesielt når det er en halv meters forskjell på anklene og hoftene. Jaja. Jeg synes du er helt topp jeg! Suss og klem til deg <3

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19 Je Tuan LavyonneNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

This post makes me so happy! Especially because I’ve struggled with this issue for such a long time as well. I never wanted to show my legs off! When I was younger a boy said that my legs looked like a line backers and I had been hiding them sense then. It took up until a few years ago to show them off…and I love them (and so does everyone else!) ..lol.

you have great legs by the way ; )

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20 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh, honey, it makes me so happy to read that the post ressonated with you. I am so glad you are loving your gams and strutting your stuff! For what it is worth, I`ve always found line backers sexy, especially since I sort of could relate to their build. hahhaha. oh dear. I am whisteling at you, love! Hugs and kisses.

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21 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I am a woman of chubby legs, like trunk of trees firmly in the ground. Your legs are your own roots, so I am so proud that you are. You have gone thin, thin, thin anyway.
So glad to see you back, dear Anika
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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22 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

What a beautiful way to put it. You are all soul my friend, and I adore you, as you know. I think about you every day. How is your recovery?

It is good to be back. I suddenly remembered yesterday, wait, everything is always right in this loving universe. And so I started checking back into my self. As for the weight, yes, I can feel it dripping off me every day. I am fine with it, letting the body adjust it self.

Besos for you and your family my love.

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23 ViragNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I love your view on life, you are such a wise person. I am right now struggling with my overweight and feeling sh.t about it :( . I am waiting for my time to come…when I lost weight, I’ll feel much better. Even some kilograms count too…

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24 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Oh sweetheart, I can so relate. Please don`t beat your self up about it, it does no good. I tried it, I know. You are wonderful! I really want to hug you, friend. Sending you much love and chutzpah!

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25 Laura ConnellNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm

My gams are supposedly my best feature (I’m a runner) but I hide them in summer because they attract unwanted attention from males. Your post kind of put things in perspective for me. I love your handmade garments. They are truly beautiful and unique.

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26 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I understand what you mean, I`ve been doing the same with my loose dresses. You are a runner? I am so impressed. I am a good walker, but running, nope. I am built for comfort, not speed. Haha. Much respect to you! And lots and lots of love, from me to you. Hugs!

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27 FrancaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

you look lovely! I’m with Steph, I have never noticed anyone’s knees (in either a positive or negative way) in my life. I feel that way about my thighs, but I’ve been rocking some shorter dresses recently and I may come to like them!

I adore the dress by the way!

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28 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Thanks love! Oh, I love that you are going shorter with your dresses! I am finally too, and it feels good. The love of the thies will come as we get used to it I am sure. For what it is worth, I find you so beautiful Franca. I should have told you sooner. Hope all is well with you, mrs! Hugs and kisses.

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29 WendyBNo Gravatar November 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Nowadays, I’m worried about wrinkly knees! But so far, I still show them, sometimes.

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30 AnikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Dear God, I know it is coming hahahahha. Yes, well. I only noticed how incredibly georg you are my friend. Next time I so want more time with you! Much love to you, sweetheart.

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31 WendyBNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I know! We barely got any quality time *sob*
Come back soon!

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byanika 32 byanikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I know sweetheart. It was way too short! But I loved every second with you. I really want to come back as soon as I can scrape toghether money. In fact, I want to move there! What do you think? ;)

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33 WendyBNo Gravatar
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November 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I’ll help you apartment hunt!

34 MetsyNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I love you a lil bit more with every post I read. Can I be like you when I grow up? :D xoxo

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byanika 35 byanikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

YES! Only if you promise to never grow up too much honey :) Love you right back my friend. Mwuah!

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36 Kirstin MarieNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

This is such a good post. I know exactly how you feel. I feel that way about my love handles & have most recently over come them. Now I am on to tackling my upper arms! You look gorgeous by the way. I absolutely adore this dress. xo

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byanika 37 byanikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Thank you so much, sometimes I worry that I am boring my readers, you know? My upper arms are on my list as well. Go us! Miss you sweetheart, sorry for being a stranger of late. Hugs to you.

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38 Joys O.No Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Aww.. You look great!
No one can love you like you can so have fun being you love x

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byanika 39 byanikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

So true. Thank you so much for commenting! Hugs to you from me x

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40 ElleNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I love you Anika. I never thought of my knees as chubby, but they’re scarred, and one is permanently damaged, and I have always been self conscious of them. I love the way you encourage women to be empowered by anything they feel is a hinderance, and embracing every part of yourself, not just the ones you like.

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byanika 41 byanikaNo Gravatar
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November 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Thank you so much for your feedback, it means the world to me. Truly. You know, our scars -what ever their form- are a part of us, and we are lovely the way we are. Right? I love you right back sweetheart.

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42 yvonnaliviannaNo Gravatar
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November 29, 2011 at 4:47 am

Anika, I love this post! I used to hate my legs and knees as well but I have learned to love them and embrace my sexy curves =) You go girl!!!

XX!
Yvonnalivianna
yvonnalivianna.blogspot.com

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43 JenmarieNo Gravatar
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November 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Your knees are perfect, just like you! :)

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44 BellaNo Gravatar
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November 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Lady, your chubby knees are hot! I’m super happy that you’re now embracing every part of your body since it makes up the whole of the fabulous that is you! I love your shoes in this post. I can totally see myself wearing a pair identical to them! hee hee! Hugs for you, sweet Anika! :)

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45 anitaNo Gravatar November 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

haha! hold the phone! we got a hot lady on isle 5! :D I’m happy to hear that you are into your sexy knees! work it!

your dress is so pretty i love your pattern clash! it just amazes me everytime how creative you are with each outfit! thanks for sharing with us.

xox
A_Riot

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46 BeckyNo Gravatar
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November 30, 2011 at 1:44 am

I don’t even think your knees are chubby! We are our own worst critics :)

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47 myderniercriNo Gravatar November 30, 2011 at 6:08 am

Anika!!!!!!!!! haven’t chatted with you in awhile. I see you’re still being amazing! and your knees are fab, sometimes we pick on ourselves but our “flaws” are what makes us beautiful!

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48 SabrinaNo Gravatar November 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I am dying over you. I just spent 20 minutes going back thru your old posts. I am so envious that you are designing.. and the dress is AMAZING!!!

The way you write and your words, I eat it right up. Terrific voice.

Count me in as a new daily subscriber to you!

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49 GRIT & GLAMOURNo Gravatar
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December 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Amen! There’s not a thing we can do about our knees so we all might as well love them! They’re pretty damn important, too!

Hope you’re OK, my dear. Sending you radiant sunshine and love.

xo

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50 KimberleeNo Gravatar
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December 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Aw I dislike my knees as well. It’s so weird how women get obsessed with body parts and are so ashamed of them when most people don’t notice. Congrats on showing off them knees!

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51 OfeliaNo Gravatar December 5, 2011 at 4:21 am

My dear friend you are hot all over; including the knees. Like you say its a blessing is that your legs are working properly because I worked with children with special needs and some of them has never taking a step in their lives.
I love your dress and bolero and the mixture of prints and of course your lovely smile.
Besos,

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52 Fabienne JachNo Gravatar
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December 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I love this story, Anika. I used to not like my legs because they were curvy and muscular and even though I was small, I could never fit into a lot of straight pant styles. Now I love my legs! If I can’t fit them into a pair of pants, screw those pants! I’ll wear a short skirt instead:)

xoxo, f

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