Why The Show, “Drop Dead Diva,” Theme Of Acceptance Resonates With Me.
Recently, while looking through the shows I never got to see on Netflix, I saw Drop Dead Diva was on the list. I never got to see it on Lifetime. So, I checked it out.
Right from the first episode, I was glued. In this article, I want to share why the theme of acceptance on this show is the one that most resonates with me.
But first, here is a quick synopsis of Drop Dead Diva:
“When beautiful but shallow model-wannabe Deb dies in a car accident, her soul resurfaces in the person of Jane, a queen-size attorney who is brilliant and well-liked … or the exact opposite of Deb. Now, by a twist of fate, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s curvier frame in an ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.” (IMDB)
Immediately as you read the summary, it seems Deb is someone who doesn’t care about anyone. She is too concerned with her past skinnier body. However, this show captures both sides of body image and how we as women have to endure this on a daily basis. It doesn’t seem to matter if we are skinnier or have a heavier frame.
So now, Deb is living her life as Jane Bingham. She must adjust how they are both so different. Somehow, she learns to see and feel the beauty from the people who love Jane.
For me, I can relate to the insecurities of being a bigger woman in today’s society. I am not speaking for everyone else. I have noticed how, in many cases, people react to you differently when you go up in weight. At least that has been my case. My husband, God bless him, he loves me and always reminds me of how beautiful I am. However, I am always the hardest on myself. When I looked in the mirror, I used to feel like I let myself down. It wasn’t until I learned to love myself that things changed for me.
In essence, this is also what I liked about Drop Dead Diva. Deb learned to appreciate Jane for how she looked like on the outside. And, in her way, added more layers to Jane’s personality which included more sass and belief in herself.
Over the years, I have gone through my own difficulties with my weight. Recently, I have worked on something that works for me. I had to look at myself and appreciate the things that make me who I am. Like on the show, Drop Dead Diva, Deb had to see herself as Jane after pressing the return button and returning to earth.
This is one of the most prominent themes of this show. How a tragedy that occurs for both women can lead to embracing yourselves and who you are. Even though the journey was difficult for these characters. Drop Dead Diva captured the message of acceptance and embracing yourself how you are which is what I did.