The perfect body image is overrated and realistic body images are under-appreciated. We are surrounded by images and people that are constantly putting us down on what we look like! Whether it’s how to lose weight, successful people who have natural marks on their bodies, it’s like no matter how amazing you are, it’s never enough.
It’s hard to not to see a headline on a magazine that is not about the Kardashian family or some other model on what they were wearing, how
much cleavage they’re showing, or whether or not they’ve gained weight or not. If they’ve lost weight, there will no doubt be an article in the magazine that will tell you how they did it, because all women and females care about is how models loose weight and how to look exactly like them.
I hate to break it to you, but there is a lot of hard work that goes into being a model. You are being paid on how you look so your body needs to be in the bast shape possible 24/7. Also as a model, you day job is being a model, meaning regular average day people don’t have the same time of day to devote to working out. Models are also a very specific body type and not everyone is capable to live the lifestyle that they can. It’s not something you can train your body to do. Yes, you can train you body to work hard and be athletic but some people have a hard time losing weight in general. Also depending on peoples health concern, it can be dangerous to go below a certain weight.
Another thing that media portrays as a bad thing are natural things like cellulite, stretch marks, birthmarks, freckles, and scars. All the other natural thing that c
an occur on you body. They can be seen as wrong and disgusting and they shouldn’t be there. However, that opinion has died down quite a lot, which is great for a couple of reasons. 1) It gives girls better confidence in themselves. And 2) people have role models to look up to that do look like them, without it being a bad thing. you should be celebrating your body and how fantastic you are, not hiding it from the world.
“Stars lose fight with CELLULITE” is not a headline that should mean anything to us anymore. Almost Everyone has cellulite!!! Why is having cellulite a battle in the first place? It is natural to have cellulite! It’s not something you can get rid of automatically, and so what if they have cellulite! I have cellulite and I embrace it! It’s a part of my body and most people’s bodies! It’s not a side effect of being fat or not being slim enough. There are some very healthy people just on this magazine cover that are living a healthy lifestyle and they still have cellulite. It doesn’t make you more ugly.
Another thing along those lines are stretch marks. Stretch marks are very common because it’s just skin that has been stretched out. A lot of athletes and fitness people have stretch marks because they are constantly stretching their skin to fit the muscle that they continue to build even after their skin is already developed. It’s also something that comes from having a child. The skin on your stomach stretches because YOU ARE GROWING A HUMAN INSIDE YOU!!! Your skin is not going to just snap back into place after the baby is born! Life is beautiful and by saying stretch marks are ugly is shaming those who have courage enough to have a child. Stretch marks are beautiful no matter where they came from.
These are just some of the things that society and media is constantly bringing negative energy to in terms of bodies and self esteem and the “most desired body type”. We still have a lot of work to do in terms of what we surround ourselves and the younger generations with. We need new marketing techniques that don’t shame the bodies of those we look up to, because if they aren’t good enough, how will we ever be good enough.