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Most women will never be entirely satisfied with their body image, as it seems it is just in our nature to constantly feel the need to improve ourselves. For far too long, we have been bombarded with images of skeletal women striding down the catwalk, merely acting as coat
hangers for the clothes they are modelling. Most young girls and women aren’t paying a blind bit of attention to the clothes however, they are examining every inch of the model and wondering how they could improve their own bodies to look more like this. Most of us are guilty of this, obsessing over how to make our hair thicker, our faces more flawless, and more worryingly, how to lose weight and look like the tall willowy models we see in magazines and on television. If you were born like this, well isn’t that fantastic. But the reality is, most of us aren’t. And if we were, sure wouldn’t we all be prancing down the runway for Paris fashion week. Runway models tend to be worryingly thin, and there was a time when this is the way we wanted to be too.
That was then. It seems that in 2013 and 2014, there has been a dramatic shift in what we see as being ‘sexy’. Gone is the idea that women must be skeletal thin in order to be seen as attractive by both females and males alike. Instead, social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have
become saturated with images of women working out, with ultimately perfect bodies.They are perfectly toned, with muscle in the right places and it seems not a single ounce of body fat is present. Lets not be unrealistic here, a body like this is probably even more difficult to obtain and maintain than skinny and bony would be. It requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline, but nonetheless, striving to achieve a body that is fit, healthy and toned is far better than becoming so thin it is at the point of illness.
It’s hard not to forget the almost impossible fad that emerged into mainstreamculture at the beginning of last year-the thigh gap.
Girls wanted to have a gap between their thighs when they had both feet pressed together. Unless you are born like this, achieving the thigh gap was almost impossible. Nevertheless, Wikihow have dedicated 25 steps to helping those fulfil Their dreams andput them on the road to the perfect thigh gap. This fad soon stopped. Cosmopolitan, which is highly influential in the lives of young females published an article demanding that the trend of desiring a thigh gap ends. The author believes that the thigh gap became so coveted because it is almost impossible to achieve, and girls being girls, we always want what we can’t have. However, as quickly as the trend emerged, it seems the idea of wanting a thigh gap amongst young girls has been put on the shelf for now.
In early 2012, Vogue Magazine announced they would no longer be using modelsthat were ‘too thin’ or ‘too young’. Vogue Magazines around the world all agreed that they would no longer hire models that were unhealthily thin. This was seen as a revolutionary step in the world of fashion, and there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of unhealthy-looking models being used on for catwalks and in other areas of fashion. In 2006 and 2007, two catwalk models died of eating disorders, which further prompted a need for change within the fashion industry. It is shocking that this was allowed to go on for so long, nevertheless it seems that a change for the better is starting to come around.
Social media plays an important role in what we perceive as being fashionable. Take Jen Selter, for example, a New York based fitness fanatic famous for her sizable derrière. Ms Selter has a whopping 2.7 million followers, and has become a role model for many young women across the globe. Jen regularly updates her Instagram account with images of her body, workout tips, and healthy eating ideas. For many, Jen Selter’s body is seen as the ideal body for a female. She is curvy, yet is muscular and toned. Beyoncé’s body has also been flooding social media lately, images tell us we need to be squatting like there is no tomorrow if we want to
achieve curves like Queen Bey. The fact that our social media pages aren’t being flooded with images of deathly thin girls is a really good thing, we are finally over our obsession with wanting to be stick thin. Now, the latest fad is that fit and healthy is sexy. Here’s hoping it is a fad that lasts.