Lately I’ve realize that most of the times I start with a happy Mon-Tues-Wednes-Thurs-Friday. It seems like I’m the happiest girl on Earth, or that I’m not that creative at my intros? Anyway, I’ll practice.
You may be confused by the title: Dear Magazines, Why? Well, this post comes after reading the story of Brooke Birmingham on why she refused to put a shirt on. In today’s media, photos of models (of course retouched with Photoshop) are all over the place. You will see their flawless skin, their skinny body (without cellulite or muscle), and their “perfect” face (without acne). However, we don’t usually get what a real women looks like.
Most advertising campaigns use a model, which being honest is not a representation of the majority of us (at least I don’t feel identified). I am a woman, I have acne, I have cellulite, I’m 5’3″ tall, but I am real. I love myself, and my body the way it is. Knowing how much I’ve struggle with body image, I’m happy to say that I’m finding balance, even in a 24/7-Photoshop world.
I’ve been in places where people is really mad at media. They consider that skinny women aren’t a portrayal of reality. They, and I, wonder why? If you are having a negative effect, why do you keep body shaming people? (That’s what happened to Brooke to be honest!!) Why do you keep using models, instead of your every day woman, with what are call “imperfections” (which I don’t think they are). Don’t media see that this beauty ideal isn’t realistic? Don’t they see that we can’t live in a world where either you are a certain type or you are not good enough?
Dear magazines: I am good enough, I embrace and accept myself the way I am. Your idea of beauty is fake, false, and requires lots of money (hello surgeries!). It is not ok to call acne, cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, and so on “imperfections”. They are part of who we are, and either you accept it, or you will need a dermatologist for husband (and lot’s of Botox, yuck).
My point is, magazines (and the beauty industry) make a profit out of what beauty and perfection should be (that’s why they use models, to keep us believing that we should thrive for their looks), but that is far from real. Brooke’s story is a real representation of what happens to your body after a massive weight loss. We should thrive for health, not perfection, because we are perfect the way we are.
I’m hoping that more and more voices speak out, to STOP BODY SHAMING, as well as to present REAL WOMEN in magazines.
Have a wonderful day, almost-weekend
What are your thoughts on the topic?
Do you think Brooke’s story is body shaming?
Do you feel represented by models in ads?
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