Body shaming and body stereotyping are still at every turn even if we are hitting 2022 in few days!!
Since the dawn of history, the human body has been a fertile ground for research and exploration. Polymath Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Anatomy of Man”, made for scientific purposes. It modeled the ideal body proportions back then. And is still considered a masterpiece. Alas, the more we learn about our bodies, the greater the stereotyping and standard-setting of the ideal shape become.
Of course, women have always received the biggest share of those, particularly with regards to body shaming issues.
Thanks to movies, TV Ads, and now social media, this kept reinforcing a concept of unrealistic flawlessness of women’s bodies and Dah! They got what they want! Being blonde, means you are halfway there… And having stunning sculptured curves that are showing no scars, stretch marks, or cellulite… This could add points to your tally!!
Along came social media to our lives and it added insult to injury. Although Instagram rejuvenated marketing and helped small business owners thrive and become more accessible. The side effect of it is that SM celebrities became more accessible than ever!
Fashion-related Bloggers & Influencers- yes! these are the celebrities now! are continuously uploading their perfect moments in their perfect pair of shoes, their perfect body measures-thanks to filters- and of course their perfect hair and makeup – thanks to filters again. This pressure turns every woman against herself feeling never satisfied with her looks. Comparison destroys self-confidence and leaves us, women, with nothing but dissatisfaction and a feeling of misery. Above it all, the frustration we get with every attempt to buy more and do more to feel we look better.
Of course, we know this image is being altered every day by women support organizations and celebrities leading campaigns for women to embrace their bodies regardless of shape, weight or how many scars they have. Also, I observed many women celebrities adopting this idea by showing in international events or festivals wearing what makes them comfy and confident paying no attention to perfect touches. However, we still read news about celebrities exposed to body shaming.
Adele, a British famous singer who recently lost a lot of weight, was being blamed this September 2021, for her late big weight loss. People are not satisfied with her looks after she dropped 45 KG or around 90 pounds. They think she became “too skinny”!
Adele said in a Vogue Magazine interview,” I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of them but I am still the same person.”
“And the worst part of the whole thing was that the most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body,” she added. “I was very f–king disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”
In her American Vogue cover story, she said that part of her health journey started because going to the gym helped relieve any anxious thoughts.
What work she has done to lose that much weight and how cruel society is! Her body is her own property and nobody whatsoever has the right to express whether shehe likes it or not!
Another celebrity was outraged by people’s comments on his body after he lost weight and had a healthy look. Oscar-nominated actor known for his comedy roles in movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “21 Jump Street”, Jonah Hill asked people not to comment on his appearance whether “good or bad. He mentioned on his 3.1M followers Instagram account that “it doesn’t feel good” to read comments about his body.
‘Good or bad, I want to politely let you know, it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel good. Much respect.” Said Jonah.
Whether you choose to go for natural looks or decide to do some retouches, embrace your imperfections and be happy with what you have. Do not let body shaming and body stereotyping affect you. Pay less attention to people’s opinions about how you look and avoid comparisons as the most important eyes are your own.
Authored by Yasmine Deraz For Fujn
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