Give me the choice of going shopping for clothes for work or having teeth pulled without anaesthetic, and I might just take the dentist.
—Janet Stewart, CBC TV Host
Janet Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia but her enthusiasm for Winnipeg makes her seem like a local.
She's been with CBC News Winnipeg since 2007 and besides her journalistic credentials, Janet is well known for her many contributions to the community.
SCENE asked Janet what was on her reading table these days and she told us about The Truth About Style:
me the choice of going shopping for clothes for work or having teeth
pulled without anaesthetic, and I might just take the dentist. 20
years now I've been trying to please everyone with what I wear on TV,
and for 20 years I've felt like a fashion failure.
I've had so many
different people weigh in with their opinions, it's become easier not to
have an opinion of my own. I've just decided to hate it all.
At CBC I have two fashionable co-workers tasked with approving what I wear on TV. No matter how kind they are - and they are very kind - the process is still weird for an insecure person.
Imagine you're me, arriving at work one morning to find two other women have gone through your on-air wardrobe, and gotten rid of more than half of it. A massive pile of clothes they've decided you should never be seen in again, is now going to charity. Great for the charity, bad for the self-confidence. Am I not even capable of dressing myself?
"The Truth about Style" by Stacy London (Penguin
Cue 'Q'. The very next morning I'm listening to Jian Ghomeshi
on CBC Radio One, and his guest is Stacy London
, of What Not To Wear
fame. She's written a book called The Truth about Style
, which tackles the emotional reasons women hold themselves back, and don't believe they're capable of looking beautiful in clothes. (Hey Universe - you tryin' to tell me something?)
The book is not a great work of literature. It's not a deep self-help book that aims to fix everything, but it sure did the trick for me. Stacy London's honest assessments of her own body image issues - and the ruts nine other women found themselves in - rang true for me.
I learned about myself. I uncovered some of the nasty messages I've been sending myself automatically for decades. I'm really nice to other people, but I can be really mean to myself, especially when I'm stressed.
The cool thing about realizing you have a mean message loop in your head is that you have the power to stop it. Start paying attention. When you hear it, say to yourself "that's not true" and replace the message with something kinder.
I went shopping the other day, just because I wanted to. I tried on lots of different styles of clothes. Some of them looked great. Some of them didn't. And none of it was upsetting. After all, they're just clothes.