Interesting news article that our friend Francesca sent us today regarding Brittney Griner, a basketball star who at 6’8 is making grand slams in terms of redefining what is beautiful in America.  The article appeared today  in the New York Times, and Guy Trebay goes deeply into the topic of how women athletes have slowly started to change the norm of what is considered  beautiful by accepting their own bodies and being comfortable with who they are.

Ms. Griner, who broke into the scene as an all American basketball player, has now started to get job offers from Ford Models.  “With her attenuated Gumby torso, coltish legs and tomboy features, the still growing Ms. Griner falls well outside familiar beauty standards. Yet for some in the image business — fashion stylists, model casting agents and editors — that is a large part of her potential appeal,” says Trebay (2010).   Griner who has been called a lesbian and androgynous looking by ignorant gossip columnist, is slowly making a name for herself by stepping outside of the box. She  joins the likes of other strong muscular women athletes that have been gracing the pages of our fashion magazines like the Williams twins, Mia Hamm, and Maria Sharapova perhaps the highest paid female athlete in endorsements.   Not too long ago, I caught a picture of Serena Williams on showing off her amazing body in a very small bikini ( . Girlfriend is not afraid to show off what tennis has done to her body!

Slowly,  women athletes are gaining respect for their sport but also making it okay to be muscular and sexy at the same time by representing strong brands just like themselves.  Companies like HP, Procter & Gamble, Gatorade, Canon and Land Rover are just a few that have featured at least one strong female in their ads.

These are all positive things happening for women in sports, but its also a positive image for women everywhere that have a more muscular build due to sports or exercise.  Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and this is a big step in taking it more mainstream. What do you guys think?  Is this a positive step towards the acceptance of unconventional beauty? Are  we slowly starting to  step out of that 5’11, 110 lbs chic  that seems to take up most of our Glamour Magazine?

To read the entire article featured in the New York Times click on the link