Vegas is a very harsh place. Most of the work here is based around how you look, most managers are looking for thin girls with big boobs, therefore there is a ton of pressure for women’s bodies to look a certain way. To find happiness and success in Vegas it is important to find self confidence, healthy practices to get your body competitive, and realistic expectations.
Tess and Leah with go-go dancer at Hyde in the Bellagio
From what I have seen so far a lot of women here struggle with this pressure to be thin. Many women resort to quick fixes and unhealthy practices to get their body in “ideal” shape. I think it is even harder in Vegas to keep your body at a healthy weight with all the partying, drinking, smoking, late nights, and unrealistic expectations of how thin one can get. It is really hard in Vegas not to compare your body to all the half naked women everywhere on the strip. To be competitive here you need to be in awesome shape. Pool auditions just started popping up everywhere, I’ve went to a couple. These jobs require you to audition in a swimsuit. When I was waiting in line I could hear women negatively criticizing their bodies, one women even left before the audition because she did not feel thin enough. When girls don’t hear back from these auditions it can lead them to take it personal, “Why is my body not good enough?” There negative thoughts lead then to self doubt and sometimes self loathing.
Wet Republic Pool Auditions
Last week I was told by my employer that I needed to lose weight, he didn’t want to be mean about it, but told me he wanted a certain look and that I would get more work. Now, a few years ago when I wasn’t as confident in myself this comment would have broke me. I would have set myself up for failure by trying to eat way too little and then binge eating because I would be starving. The truth was I had gained some weight since to Vegas, moving is stressful and when I’m under stress I tend to gain weight. Looking objectively at the situation, and knowing the type of work I got myself into, I told him I could lose some weight. But I also made it clear I would not be losing 5 pounds in a week, I would probably lose a pound a week. I never wanted moving to Vegas to compromise my health and fitness goals. If I ever start negative talk or feel like I need to go to unhealthy measures to change who I am, I know it will be time to leave. I’m confident enough in myself that I know I look good already, but could tone a bit more without going overboard.
It’s important to lose weight responsibly for your sanity and health. I don’t do anything drastic, when I make big changes to my diet or exercise it creates too much stress in my life and I will end up feeling defeated. I make small changes. With my diet I make sure I’m not snacking in between meals, not eating to the point where I’m stuffed, removing some of the fat in my meal like a piece of cheese (I love eating too much fat – nuts, peanut butter, olives, cheese, and oils; so I may take one or two serving out of the entire day), and drinking more water. I may add an extra 10 maybe 15 minutes to my exercise routine or just remember to be more active during the day (do an extra flight of stairs or walk more). And lastly I focus on getting enough sleep, it’s amazing the difference this makes!
I’ve only been in Vegas a month so my views on the pressure to lose weight may change as I get to know the city and myself better. Be realistic about your goals. Naturally I’m more muscular, even if I lean out I’m not going to look “thin”, my thighs will always touch (I always wanted thighs that didn’t touch when I was younger), and my legs will never look that long. Make your goals realistic and achievable – most likely you will never look like a super model. The best you is good enough, don’t let anyone tell you it’s not. In the end it’s all about making yourself happy; if your not happy something needs to change.