Our society is full of new fads: new phones, new computers, new styles and, apparently, a new view on what the perfect woman should look like.
Years ago, women aspired to have that curvaceous bod, the body that men loved and clothing flattered, the body that allowed women to look defined yet healthy. But lately, that image has become dangerously morphed. Curves have become a major no-no in the fashion world, in the movie world, in the real world. Girls everywhere are reading magazines with advertisements featuring models who are slim enough to be mannequins and coiffed enough to look like bombshells. See the problem with this is the definition of what a model truly is, something that I think this society seems to have forgotten. A model is supposed to be an example, and an example is something representative and worthy of striving for. Young girls who have not yet even had the opportunity to come into themselves are being taught or told to imitate the scary skinniness some of these “models” represent.
Not all models follow that stereotype though. Some embrace the not-so- emaciated look that was once standard by showing off slightly “fuller” (if you can even call it that) figures. One of these woman is Kate Upton. If you have never heard of her, she’s an American model and appeared as the cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She’s a beautiful girl, but recently she was called fat by a “pro-anorexic” site that posted comments like, “Huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition — she looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are “striving” for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!”
Now, I am appalled by this type of reaction to a woman who is beautiful, sexy, healthy and, most importantly, clearly comfortable in her own body. How can that not be enough?
The answer to that is: it is enough; it’s more than enough. These sites that constantly put others down also consequently, assist us in putting ourselves down as well. Bashing on the internet is so easy to do, and pro-anorexic sites only add fuel to a fire that MUST be distinguished.
So, I say we make a new fad. But with this fad, instead of focusing on a specific look, I say we focus on a specific feeling. And that feeling is good. I say we start to try our hardest to feel good about ourselves. And with that, we can help and allow others to feel good, let the haters hate and let ourselves, the lovers, love.
Here are the photos of Kate that were being discussed. You tell us what you think…