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Body Image: Fiction vs Reality

Whenever I get really bored I scroll through tumblr. Usually I woosh past loads of cat pictures and beautifully filtered images of hipsters and Supernatural gifs, but every so often tumblr stops me in my tracks and hits me in my gut with an impactful image like this. This is an image of a statistically average sized woman, holding an “average” sized mannequin against her body. The difference as you can see, is shocking. This got me thinking about how warped the media & fashion industries views are on what a woman should look like physically.

Why are we so obsessed with fiction?

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According to google, fiction is “something that is invented or untrue. A fabrication, illusion or sham.” We are taking fiction at face value and letting it re program our minds to believe the lies and deceit our eyes read about and see in the media. Sometimes we forget that we are society and we can change things.

There are so many different types of body shapes and sizes to be celebrated and I think it is time that we all took the time to appreciate our bodies for what they are genetically designed to do, which is keep us alive. The human body is a magnificent thing, it is much more than just a clothes horse or something to be gawked at, it is a vessel. It is a gift.

I think the reason why the fashion industry projects this unattainable image of beauty into the world is to create an illusion that both allures and terrifies people. When people are scared, they try to fill the empty, emotional hole with material things. People always want the unattainable, they strive to be elite and the fashion industry and media has created a mirage that warps and disorients the brain to the point that it begins to believe that the fiction is in fact reality.

There is so many things wrong with the media’s portrayal of beauty and body image related content. Some magazines tell us to “love our bodies”, yet once we turn the page over we see pictures of celebrites relaxing on the beach with headlines such as “Best & Worst Beach Bodies”. It can be very confusing to be fed mixed messages like this, what does the media want from us!? They constantly provide us with a lose/lose situation. If we are thin, we are too skinny. If we are curvy, we are too fat. There seems to be no right answer.

On that note, i’d like to point out that I don’t think there is any “perfect” body size. I truly believe that if you are healthy and happy within your own skin, that is all that matters. There is always going to be body bashing glossy magazines and badly written articles about dieting and body image. The best thing you can do is to do your best to filter out the bullsh*t and remember that it is all fiction. The only mindset we can change is our own, we create our own reality. The best gift that you can give to yourself is self love. Sounds corny but it’s true.

In the words of the goddess that is RuPaul: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love some body else?!” CAN I GET AN AMEN! *sways  arms from from side to side*

Body confidence begins with you.

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