My favorite quote currently is: “Everybody isn’t gonna love you. Most people don’t even love themselves.” Although I don’t know who said it, the message is 100 percent correct, and it’s something that I, a man battling weight issues, reminds myself of every single day. That’s why I might’ve been the happiest heterosexual brother on Earth when Prince Fielder decided to pose for the 2014 ESPN Body Issue. Amongst all those ripped, unique human specimens was a dude that looked exactly the same way I do when I take my clothes off. Our physique is damn near identical, right down to our skin tones and beards. But, I’m a dude who needs to pump myself up just to take my shirt off at the beach, while this dude just confidently strutted in front of a photographer to pose-up for an international magazine that would be seen by millions. And as much as he received the typical Twitter trolling and insults, he received a LOT of great comments, which I decided to live through vicariously.
Fast forward three months later and we find ourselves amidst a celebrity data hacking scandal that resulted in the leaking of nude pics of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton online. But the hacker more celebrity photos to release and, to be honest, of all the names in the world, I would have NEVER guessed that Jill Scott would be next.
For some reason, I’ve always imagined Scott spending her free time concocting natural cocoa butter lotion recipes and reading her son Maya Angelou poems before bed, leaving her no time or desire to pose half-naked in front of her mirror. But, alas, even Jill from Philly is human and documenting her weight-loss journey — NOT sexting — was what inspired those nude photos. But regardless of her intentions (hell, ain’t nothing wrong with sending a lover a sexy picture or two — or 10), the absolutely perfect thing about Jill Scott’s nudes was, the same thing that made Prince Fielder’s photos amazing: The beautiful glorification of the typical body type.