Women's Body Types aren't supposed to be a Trend, but they are. It is 2023, and understandably, beauty standards are the rule in Social Media. It is understandable because always been this way (we just changed magazines to digital media, naturally).
The difference between the past and today is that many of us have worked to accept who we are. We have loved our bodies and enjoyed the unique characteristics that we have.
Some people are frustrated to see backs turn on the aesthetic and, understandably, feel it is more inclusive than the previously held standard of thinness. Bodies here have perfection and absolute control. So, there are many other ways of being beautiful and many beautiful faces worldwide.
There is something to beauty beyond evident charm. For years, we have made the conversation about expanding beauty standards. Still, ironically, it made me wonder if they are so narrow that they focus almost exclusively on bodies, precisely a certain kind of plus-size or nonwhite. However, the size plus models still need slim necks and faces, and nonwhite people still need perfect luminous skin and thinness. Have this sense?
I can't believe one body type has to go out of fashion for another to come in. Slimmer women are placed on a pedestal in different ways again and again. The bodies aren't supposed to be contorted and change based on societal whims, and this practice is unnatural and unhealthy.
Have you ever felt that, when you open your social media, all the faces staring back at you are gorgeous? It's now easier than ever to edit our pictures and make a fake reality about us in many ways. It looks like an eternal invitation to comparison and self-sabotage. Today you can rework your look with a single click.
Natural beauty exists; some people have hegemonic faces and bodies, it's true, but filters, cosmetic surgery, and beauty tweaks are also live. And don't get me wrong, I don't have any problem with plastic surgery, but with the imposition, I do. Is it possible that beauty standards have only gotten more standardized after all this time? What do we need to be considered beauty?
I remember going to my plastic surgeon years ago, searching for liposuction on my legs; I was clear with what I wanted and told her what I needed, but he found some "defects" in me. He said I needed liposuction on my abdomen, and he convinced me. My body was a constant source of insecurity, especially when I thought I had a flat belly and a doctor told me no.
Now I am an adult and know that the problem is vast. A fat woman with acne and short stature will never win Miss Universe, and beauty will always be the same. Perhaps, the solution is to stop admiring that. It is not just about the industry and her beauty concept; it is about the rest of us giving glory to standards.
The hypocrisy amazes me. We have been convinced that all bodies are welcome in the industry, yet they continue to pick only a few, only the ones that meet the beauty cannon.
Every day we receive a bomber of beauty, and it's so hard. I don't know if we need a protest or just a little nudge in thinking about otherness and opening our minds to other possibilities, bodies, and priorities. We may have to look for a stranger's kind of beauty.
The truth is the fashion industry can help, working to reflect a new perspective on appearance and beauty, which includes sizes for all bodies, where all of them are ideal. The first step is the promotion of change as a necessary thing.
This message must reach spaces and minds that still think that fashion or health is exclusive for a few people, where the "ideal body" still exists, and where the meaning of "model" talk more of measuring 6'0" than a reflection of work and talent. To get there, we have much work to do.