We are no longer shocked by the photos of celebrities showing protruding hipbones, bony breast plates, countable ribs and collarbones practically poking through the flesh of their shoulders. It looks normal now. It’s the look we should achieve.
The media is sounding a loud alarm about the overweight celebrities. And then they show us image after image of the same women as beauty icons. It’s insane.
- The hippest boutique in Los Angeles, targeting the stars, has sizes 0-8 only.
- The average American woman wears a size 12 or 14.
- The usual waist size for celebrity jeans is 28.
- The average woman wears a size 34 jeans.
A recent celebrity magazine listed the following heights and weights for five famous artists:
- Terri Hatcher 5-6, 109 lbs
- Kate Bosworth 5-7, 107 lbs
- Lindsey Lohan 5-5, 102 lbs
- Victoria Beckham 5-6, 105 lbs
- Joan Allen 5-10, 110 lbs
They are all seriously underweight. These are images of famine. Anorexic-type bodies are regularly presented as the beauty ideal.
Today’s female body is expected to be slim, slim and slim. Tight, muscular muscles. Six pack muscles. Hard bodies. Sounds like describing a man’s body, doesn’t it? The only feminine characteristic that remains on today’s “perfect woman”: fake plastic breasts. The real ones disappear when a woman is underweight.
The ideal female body looks like a young, very thin, muscular prepubescent boy with large breasts. This is where 100 years of media brainwashing has left us. “Brainwashing” seems too strong a term until you consider that most women see 400 to 700 media-generated images of skinny women every day.
Round bellies, padded hips, round thighs. These are “problem areas” that need to be worked on. In reality, they are beautiful, natural properties of a healthy female body.
It is time for us to define our own style. Make our own rules. Turn your back on the media and embrace the beautiful bodies we were born with. It’s time to live with grace and beauty instead of self-hatred and struggle.
Too many of us have learned to hate our own bodies:
- 53% of 13 year old girls,
- 78% of 17 year old girls, and
- 80% of adult women hate the only bodies we will ever have every day.
How about a world where all body types are appreciated …
- Where naturally thin bodies are considered beautiful.
- Where naturally curved bodies are considered beautiful.
- Where the skinny don’t try to get plump.
- And curvy people try not to get thin.
How do you do that?
- Stop buying from companies that advertise their products with images of famine.
- Don’t go to movies starring emaciated actresses.
- Make your voice heard. Email or write to companies complaining about their irresponsible images.
- Deny TV shows, fashion magazines and other media that depict only skinny women. (Only 5% of American women are naturally underweight. 87% of actresses on television.)
- Reinvent your sense of feminine beauty with images of all types of women. Ancient art is one of the best choices. Go out of your way to view old paintings and sculptures to get you started.
- Relearn your eyes to appreciate the natural average woman’s body.
- Don’t talk about your own weight loss or gain or comment on the bodies of others in that way.
- Appreciate the women in the world around us. Practice seeing without the anorexic eyes we’ve been taught to see the world through. There is beauty in our natural curves.
- Move with grace and pride.
You are beautiful. Reject the propaganda of starvation images. Love the body you live in, it is all you get and it deserves your love, honor and affection.