Love Thy Self
Body image and attaining the perfect body type has been a struggle of many women around the world, from different cultures, races, ethnicities, ages, we all have one thing in common: The pressure to maintain the ideal body type. What’s most surprising is how this “ideal” body type has changed over the year’s right? I recently stumbled across an article about body image and how it has changed over the decades. For the most part, one thing is clear, what is considered to be the ideal body type is largely dependent on whatever the media and popular culture of that time deem it to be. And as far as agreeing with the article when it states that the silhouette of the “ideal woman” has been subjected to a variety of fun house mirrors, I sounded off with a resounding “Yes!” The modern day woman is subjected to fashion, movies, pop music and politics. It changes from year to year and quite frankly, I just cannot keep up.
Below are three examples of how the concept of “ideal body type”
- 1910: It was the era of the IT girl, the feminine looping figure-8 made possible with the introduction of a super-cinched corset. (Note, how this has once become the body trend in 2015, with stars like the Kardashians endorsing waist-trainers on their Instagram.)
- 1920-1930: Here the exaggerated curves disappeared and was replaced with small bust and hips. This era saw the development of the waif-like frame, that later made a massive comeback in the 1960’s as The Twig and again 1990’s with supermodel with the rise of supermodels like Kate Moss
- 1950: fast forward and the so-called “Jessica Rabbit” body image, saw the voluptuous frame being praised above all else. Fast forward to 2015 and the boody is everything. The bigger, the rounder, the firmer, the better.
As Tina Fey so aptly stated in Bossypants, “Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits.” One thing is for sure, women are willing to go to ridiculous lengths to transform their bodies into the body fad of the moment. Millions of dollars are set ploughed into the plastic surgery field, just to find the body trend changing the following year.
My opinion on the matter: Until such time as women decide to own and love their bodies, regardless of shape and size, we will continually fall into the trap of unnecessary body modifications. Come on girl, love thy self!
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