You can’t log on to a social media site these days without seeing some form of protest of the media’s portrayal of female body image. I mean, it’s everywhere. And frankly, I’m tired of it.
Yes, I am a female. Yes, I am in-tune with today’s media world. And yes, I did see the latest cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
Do these things bother me? No, and let me tell you why.
- Our generation has grown up in the midst of a female body image debacle with new social media innovations, fashion contest television shows and a plethora of advertisements showcasing scantily dressed women. Honestly, I think we should be used to it by now. The advertisements you see, the fashion shows you watch and the hottest celebrities are obsessed with the portrayal of a tiny body. But, it has always been this way for us. It’s time to look past it.
- Another point that is continually addressed in ongoing discussions of supermodels is that the media is forcing the idea that a size 00 is the only true beautiful size. That is not true, at all. How many times out of ten when you see an attractive female is she a size 00? Rarely. Ask men which they prefer, a stick-thin woman or a woman that is healthy, fit and normal looking? Most of the time, their answer is the latter.
- People rip Sports Illustrated for decorating their swimsuit edition cover with women in bikinis showing off their rear ends. It’s absurd. And no, I don’t mean their choice in wardrobe. Of course the company will adorn the magazine cover with a model in the least amount of clothing possible, they want to sell issues don’t they? When they decide what photograph to use on the cover, (shockingly) they are not trying to individually break-down every female that lays eyes on the image in an attempt for them to feel inferior. They’re simply selling issues.
- Every one of us has seen a YouTube video, women’s rights campaign or a viral Facebook link depicting the use of photoshop on models in the industry. These, more than ever create drama in the world of media negativity on women’s body image. Sure, it is refreshing to see that the women on the cover of People, Seventeen and Vanity Fair need a little fix-up here and there. But, the aggressive outrage on these photoshopping techniques is a little contradictory, don’t you think? Tell me you don’t choose the Instagram filter that makes you look the best or edit your pictures on iPhoto before uploading them to Facebook. It’s the same concept, just to a less extreme.
Women, the world does not expect you to be a size 00. Present yourself with confidence and the world is at your fingertips. Success is not defined by the size of pants or the bra size you wear. It’s defined by your individual success, confidence, personality, morals, quirks, passions and so much more.
From now on, don’t let the media tell you what size to wear.