by Sharon Haywood
Darcy arches her back and strains over one shoulder, and then with a twist, the other. She sighs. As she faces her full-length reflection, she frowns at the flesh that brims over the elasticized band of her new pink and purple bikini bottom. Chin to chest, she pinches the paunch just beneath her bellybutton, scrunching her nose at it. Straightening up and confronting herself again, she tugs at the sides of her top. Palms flat, Darcy smoothes out the folds that wrinkle the pretty princesses, and then darts down the stairs and out the back door to join her sisters in the shallow end.
Sharon Haywood - originally from Toronto - is a writer and editor living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Much of her writing focuses on promoting a healthy body image at sites such as Adios, Barbie and Any-Body. Check out more of her work - both fiction and non-fiction - at her website.