Many people think that one body type is the ideal one and that others are not good enough.The fashion industry and the media sometimes contribute to this and so do some of us. No one is perfect, perfection does not exist and that is a fact! There are a lot of stereotypes and standards that women are subjected to everyday, but the question of how their bodies should look like is certainly one of the most important ones.
The most popular expectation for women concerning their bodies is to be thin, toned and in proportion. But if we want women to be truly equal, the image of the ideal female body needs to be widened. We should recognize that women come in all shapes and sizes, encourage body positivity and get rid of the unhealthy fixation over women’s bodies. Fortunately, things have changed.
The media is demonstrating that having body fat now seems to be the trend. People are starting to simply accept larger sizes in Magazines, Campaigns, Runways and so on. This, most definitely, is an encouraging development. Can we talk about photoshop?… that is one of my pet peeves. Many models no matter what size get so much photoshop in one way or another to try to look “perfect”. They’re shown in advertisements, not in their natural form, but edited to where the shape of their body is actually changed to look thinner, or have bigger lips,no cellulite among other things.
I love what Editor and Chief of Style and Curve Magazine Lyz Lupo is doing showcasing models in their natural form. Models that women can relate to. So… you are not “perfect” but you are beautiful just the way you are, accepting and loving your virtues and flaws. Having that self-confidence that when you walk into a room everyone just has to look your way.
Women who embrace their bodies with confidence work against the damage done by society. Remember…
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu
Photography. Rudilenia Martinez
Catwalk Fashion Model