A Look Back

Oh, how times have changed-and not for the better.

Google Marilyn Monroe. Kim Novak. Jayne Mansfield. Google 1950s magazine model and take a look at the pinup girls in the good ‘ol days. Now, granted, I am just as oh my goodness this is just objectification of women as the next person but come on, people, just look.  Watch an old movie, a good, classic, old movie, even one from the 80s, and marvel at the actresses, and how healthy they look.

Now Google America’s Next Top Model. Google supermodel. Google 1990’s beauty icon.

It is not hard to see the difference.

What is hard is trying to figure out why we took healthy-looking happy women and made them think they had to starve themselves, constantly diet, look malnourished, be as thin as freaking possible, to be our beauty icons.

What is hard is trying to figure out why nobody sees or understands that this is why so many women and men suffer from eating disorders.

What is hard is trying to figure out why we don’t just see that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, and the beholder usually wants the object of his affection to be healthy and happy, too.

Turns out we have done this to ourselves. Over time, we have chipped away at our visions of beauty so much that we have not simply crafted a newer, more modern look for our supermodels. Let’s face it, every ten years or so it’s time for some change. Maybe a hair change. Style change. Even getting healthier change. But, not this. Not this.

We are starving them. They are starving themselves. And, for what?

And, let me be clear, there’s nothing wrong with being thin, if you just so happen to be thin.  But, the pressures of thinness in the fashion world and Hollywood? Hearing that seven year old girls want to diet? Letting more and more people succumb to society’s pressures for thinness by sacrificing themselves to eating disorders?

And, now, suddenly, instead of just embracing our health, celebrating thin along with larger women who just so happen to be healthy, too most important thing ever, we have cast aside any woman who does not fit this ridiculously absurd and unrealistic body shape from modeling, and, in some cases, from acting, too.  Women and men constantly feel the pressure to be thin.  But, for what?

Because if you just take a couple of seconds, and go ahead and Google, you will see too.

Those curves? Those smiles? Having a little meat on your bones?

That’s pretty darn beautiful.  And, it’s not hard to figure that out.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Look Back

  1. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the bedeohlr. Each person on this earth has their own mind that is made up of totally different experiences and beauty beliefs, most coming from culture. It’s really hard to get everyones real opinion unless you literally took everyone on the earth sat them down and asked them the question. EXAMPLES:•A Barbie doll figure is the average North American standard of beauty, but if you ask someone of South American, Caribbean or African decent they’d say that a more full figured woman is beautiful. •I think Angelina Jolie is absolutely the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in my life, but by boyfriend thinks she is just ok. Even with-in the same culture you will find different levels of beauty opinions. That’s why you should always strive to be the best you that you can be and that’s only if you want to. Everyone else’s opinions’ are just that…opinions…they don’t matter unless you allow them to matter. All in all, peoples’ opinions don’t matter. Beauty is in your eye and you create it for your world. That’s a lot more fun than waiting to be defined by others.

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