“I have an athletic lean body, but with a much bigger chest than most dancers. I am an adult ballet dancer now and embrace my body. When I was a teenager, we were being measured for our costumes for a recital. My teacher told me that I have “Marilyn Monroe’s measurements”.
I said “THANK YOU” (because normally that would be an amazing thing to hear)! She replied with “that’s NOT a compliment”. I had an eating disorder for years following that comment. Years later, I’m now loving the body I am in, but do hear echoes of those words from time to time.”