London’s Labor of ‘Love’

Stacy London spent 10 seasons on TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” helping women to dress their best and learn to love themselves. And in her latest series, “Love, Lust Or Run,” London continues to do just that.

In a recent interview with Metro US, London explained that her series, now in its third season, doesn’t aim to “makeover” or “makeunder” its contributors, but rather aims to help them understand and convey accurate messages of who they are through their clothing.

“You have to be self aware,” she explained. “You can’t be in the body you once were. You can’t be in the body you wish you were in the future. You have to be in the present body. That is the key to having great style.”

London said that to achieve this kind of self-awareness, it is necessary to get in touch with your body, flaws and all.

“You’ve got to spend time with your body. That means spending a lot of time in front of a mirror naked,” she offered. “Sit in front of a mirror until all of that emotion burns away and you are able to look at yourself objectively and say, ‘Alright, I get it. I have emotions about my body. I hate my ass. I love my boobs.’”

From here, London suggested constructing a plan for dressing your shape as it is. However, she warned against hiding in clothing that can detract from your natural beauty. “You’re perfect. You are a unique set of atoms and that is nothing to be ashamed of. I want to take shame out of the equation and I want people to accept that they’re not all going to look like Gisele [Bündchen].”

After being on television for over a decade, London knows a thing or two about the power of style shows — after all, she’s been at the helm of two successful series in the genre.

“When people relate to what they see, whether it’s a woman being vulnerable or confessing she really doesn’t know what she’s doing, it spreads a message of hope. If transformation for them is possible, it’s possible for anybody.”

Thank you, Stacy London, for being our mentor, stylist and friend all these years.

 

Season three of Love, Lust or Run is now airing on TLC on Fridays at 10 p.m.

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