Body confidence is something that has been affecting women of all ages for many years, but I feel like at this moment in time its something that keeps popping up on my social media a lot, so I thought maybe I should discuss it.
The image of the ‘perfect woman’ has changed drastically over the past few years, and how men AND women visualise what the perfect body should be changes all the time, putting an increasing amount of pressure on women to look at certain way. The pressure starts from a young age, and I know especially from around the age of 12ish is when girls begin to feel uncomfortable in their own skin, and they begin to understand the aspects of body shaming.
So what is body shaming? Its making people feel extremely uncomfortable about who they are and what their body looks like, and I personally feel that this is in no circumstances acceptable. Girls are made to feel ‘too fat’ or ‘too thin’, ‘too ugly or ‘too pretty’ etc etc. This message is highly confusing for young girls, as there is no clear middle ground. What is TOO thin? What is TOO fat? What does that even MEAN?
In todays society with the introduction of social media, it becomes a gold mine for body shaming towards women of all ages, and more and more hate is poured out everyday towards more and more women. Celebrities get hit one of the hardest, and although they have such a glamorous lifestyle, its not all glam when it comes to the fact that they are the forefront of all the hate. A celebrity whom is someone who really represents body confidence and who I find pretty inspirational is Ariel Winter (Modern Family’s Alex Dunphy). I love the fact that she isn’t a size 6 and she isn’t bothered by that either. She has curves and she’s confident about that, and often in today’s society curves on a girl are frowned upon. She’s experienced some pretty extreme hate, even over her breast reduction surgery which was her choice. If you just scroll through one of her Instagram pictures, you will see the crazy amount of hate that she gets; “slut” “slag” “whore” on a daily basis. Despite this, she continues to embrace her curves and posts whatever the hell she wants, and I think the is a true inspiration.
There isn’t such a thing as the ‘perfect body’, every body is beautiful in its own way, shape and form. The attitudes of society are going to be extreme for as long as social media continues to exist; people can become anonymous and hide behind a fake profile to express hatred to others. The most important thing to remember is DO YOU AND BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE!! Body confidence is something that has taken me a while to understand, but now that I finally do, I felt like this was something I wanted to write about.
See you next Tuesday,