Models and Body Image
I never really discuss my views on models and negative body image because I think my opinion is VERY different from the majority of people’s.
I’ve never been one to “feel bad” because of an image of a woman with a “perfect” body on a magazine cover or on the TV. I personally like seeing attractive people. I personally don’t want those actors/actresses and models to look like me.
I WANT them to be some of the most beautiful people in the world. If they weren’t some of the most beautiful people and looked just like the average Jane, why would we pay them so much?!!
But that’s just me. I know a lot of women don’t feel that way.
I know many women see these actresses and models as something to aspire to. Since they view these women’s bodies as a “goal” they believe that if they can’t attain the “perfect” body, they’ve failed.
And they try a ton of ridiculous diets and exercise programs in their attempts to achieve the “perfect” body.
I’m not making fun, but if you are one of these women, now is the time to stop!
Let me let you in on a little secret…THERE IS NO PERFECT BODY!
For one, even models aren’t perfect. Just check out the latest article about the use of Photoshop! (Or how the models looked without Photoshop!)
Everyone has flaws and you just can’t change some of them. Just learn to accept them and live a lifestyle that makes you healthy and happy!
For two, do you really want to pay people who look like you to be models? I don’t. I want them to look better than me…or I would rather be the model and make the money myself!
We pay hairstyles, trainers, masseuses…even doctors to do things we either can’t do ourselves or that they do BETTER.
Why would we pay models that aren’t the best looking?
Am I crazy? Does anyone else agree or should I have continued to keep my opinions to myself? Am I missing something?
Posted on April 5, 2012, in Body Image and tagged average jane, models and body image, models and photoshop, negative body image, photoshop, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Hahah, I like that attitude.
That said, I enjoyed seeing Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games because she is both beautiful AND has my body type. I do wish what was considered beautiful by the media, and what body type clothes were made for was a little broader. Not because they make me feel bad, but because I get BORED of the twiggy bodies I see.
I get more jealous of this one woman at my Crossfit Box who has been doing it for 3 months and can already do chest-to-bar pullups and deadlift over 325. What even is that?
And even so, her body is not mine. Mine doesn’t do that so easily, but it’s mine.
I used to have a lot of problems with this, but the last time I ever did was when I went on a yoga retreat with a former model, now in her 30s. She had a lovely face, and a body that looked like a stick figure. No breasts, no ass, and her thighs were smaller than my calves. In clothes and on magazine covers, she looked lovely. In person, she did not look like someone I would want to be. She looked like an entirely different species. She had her body, and I had mine, and I was fine with that.
Thanks for the great post!
Don’t be jealous! Be proud of what your body can do!
It sounds like you have a good attitude as well!