Inserting the prefix “pre” in front of another word can mean whatever that word is, it hasn’t been fulfilled.





When “pre” applies to us as human beings, it can be a cautionary foretelling of things to come as in preconceived notions as to how we should look, what we should value and how we should live our lives especially if we are listening to the traditional voices that impose their will upon us.

Whether it emanates from religion, society, a close knit family and community, educational systems or our friends, sometimes so-called, if we are pre-determined to live our lives as they see fit, no pre involved.

We are destined to be miserable.

We see that storyline explained so well in films often begging for us to learn this continual lesson.

One such film is Orbiter 9. article, Telefonica Studios photo credit

Orbiter 9 is a science fiction romantic drama of 2017 directed by Hatem Khraiche, starring Clara Lago and Alex Gonzalez. The premiere in Spain took place on April 7, 2017.

The storyline goes, Helena from birth lives her life flying on a spaceship from Earth to a distant planet colonies. She is the only passenger of the ship, but once on it for repair work comes the mechanic Alex. Helena falls in love with him, and Alex reveals to her the whole truth about the flight.

Her life has been pre-determined and once she finds out why, she hates it.

The question becomes, what is she going to do about it?

Here is one review found at that seems to mirror our thinking. “The beautiful Clara Lago is on her way from a ruined Earth to Celeste, and awakes in her space- pod to find someone docking – the first living person she’ll meet apart from her deceased parents. But the handsome engineer who visits to fix her oxygen is offhand, even though he kisses her… You can see the first of the twists coming (it’s in the trailer) but some of the others are nicely handled. This low-key futuristic Spanish-made adventure has some good ideas, a pleasing score and cool visuals, but the director could have made more of the story’s tragic implications.”

Doesn’t living a life that others feel that you should almost always have tragic implications?

It is when we get to live our own lives that we desire, despite what others think, that is when we have the possibility of truly coming alive.

Curvy models seemed to have shapely figured this out.

Traditionally the fashion world has preached to women in general and teenage girls in particular about what the ideal size is and even what men find attractive.

By the way without really asking men what they really like. Hint? Butter.

Buying into that pre-notion, which is often inaccurate and has made countless of young girls attempt to stay at or become smaller sizes that are not healthy for them, may not be wise.

Curvy models are standing loud and proud and proclaiming that they don’t have to buy into those preconceived marketing tactics.

It’s paying off now. Not “pre”.

One such model who has broken the mold and is reshaping thoughts and minds is Hunter McGrady. article, Hunter McGrady Instagram

The young beauty grew up in Los Angeles with a model mother, Brynja McGrady, and an actor father, Michael McGrady.

In terms of posing for Sports Illustrated, Hunter isn’t a newbie when it comes to the magazine. While the 2018 swimsuit issue marks her official rookie debut, she was part of the magazine’s Swimsuit Model Search in 2017. During that photo shoot, she posed on the beach wearing only body paint.

Love the video. Very, very curvy. Extremely sexy. While it lasts….

She announced her shoot on her Instagram with joy. “Here I am, a size 16 at nearly 6 feet tall and am yet again in what is considered the sexiest magazine to come out every year!!!”

The global information source reported, “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit recently announced the plus-size model, along with Olivia Culpo and Ebonee Davis, will be featured as rookie models in next month’s issue.

McGrady previously took part in the annual model search competition and stirred headlines for shooting in nothing but body paint in 2017. It took a team of several different women painting for over 12 hours to create the seemingly there suit before she frolicked on the beaches of Anguilla.”

Certainly wish we were there.

We are mesmerized by Hunter’s look but admire her courage even more so.

She has endured many insults due to her decision to embrace her curves but maintains this is the look that makes her happy and she’s going to stay with it despite the bullies and their preconceived notions of what a beautiful woman should look like.

When she was a size 2, she had to work out four times a day, refrain from eating and more to maintain that size.

It wasn’t enjoyable. It wasn’t natural. Her curves are. Very natural. Very lovely.

During this often unpredictable existence we’ve often wondered how wonderful it would be to plant ourselves at the end of at least three different major pathways we could have taken years ago when we were very young, examine and evaluate each one and then transport ourselves back in time and pick the most desirable one.

If only life were that simple or fair.

Unfortunately we don’t have that luxury. In the absence of that, we have to ask ourselves what makes us happy, as opposed to what others close or distant think how we should or should not live our lives.

Escaping their preconceived ideas can be difficult, but necessary.

Bela Lugosi was a Hungarian-American actor famous for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films.

This famous star was once quoted as expressing, “Women have a predestination to suffering.”

Though well meaning, we feel that Mr. Lugosi’s assessment was more applicable in his time period. In today’s world that is simply a proven misconception.

It is “pre” judging the present and future based upon the limitations of the past.

Shapely models like Hunter McGrady who refused to be shackled by that thinking continue to blaze new trails and finding happiness along the way.

She says it best herself in her interview with Glamour Magazine in terms of the message she is trying to send regarding her Sports Illustrated shoot. Hunter replied, “That the body positive/plus-size movement isn’t just a hot-button word. It’s not a trendy thing. It’s here to stay. All shapes and sizes are what you’re going to see from now on. Get on board or get out.”

Now that is message, curves and all, which we would love to embrace right now.

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OPENING PHOTO Wilhelmina photo credit