For over 50 years, beginning in the 1960’s with the world’s fascination with the model Twiggy and continuing into the present, the media has presented the “ideal” image of the uber-thin youthful female body. Thin was/is in. Starved looking models with jutting clavicles, visible hip bones and rib cages and impossibly tiny waistlines are splashed on the covers of magazines, on television, in the movies, and modeling clothes in fashion magazines and clothing catalogs. (Clothing catalogs selling their wares to the “normal” sized and shaped woman).
Even though most women realize that they have never actually “seen” a real life woman with the body characteristics of our “top models”….they have somehow come to chastise themselves for not being able to attain this “standard”. Real women believe that if only they could be a size 0-2 , they would be successful, desirable, and beautiful.
Instead of glamorizing the look of health and wellness; shiny healthy hair, glowing skin, bright eyes, and a toned, nourished body, we have been brainwashed to believe that fake hair extensions, surgically manipulated faces with cheek implants and chiseled noses, skin stretched and snipped, foreheads injected to paralyze facial muscles into releasing natural wrinkles is necessary to be beautiful. Eye color is changed with contact lenses and teeth are chiseled into points to accommodate caps or removed to make room for perfect dental implants. We are encouraged to have fat cells vacuumed out of our midsections, tummys tucked, butts enhanced with implants, breasts augmented with saline filled baggies. Women in their early 30’s are having their faces lifted. Women in their late 60’s are voluntarily undergoing surgical procedures in the hopes of looking youthful and lean.
The icing on the proverbial disturbing cake of idolizing a standard that is close to impossible to attain (not to mention questionably attractive in the first place) is the realization that some advertisements are no longer using “perfect models” to sell their clothing lines. H&M clothiers admits that some of its “models” are merely the faces of a woman atop a computer imaged body. Clothing is photographed on mannequins and a computer program produces a “body” image that looks “perfect” in the outfit. Why? It appears that even the 1% of the population who have a body that is tall enough, thin enough, bony enough, starved enough to model clothes for the rest of us…may not have the “perfect” face.
Oy vey. Where will this insanity end? Even those currently considered to be fashion model-material are not “good enough” to model clothes meant for the average woman. We are unknowingly being shown 100% fake computer generated “models” of what we should look like in our clothes. Wait a minute….that isn’t far from what we have been dealing with throughout our lifetimes…..being shown an image that is not attainable for most women. Using synumans is the end of the long line of forcing an unrealistic image on a real person.
To all the real women out there. Look in the mirror today. Start out by looking at your face. Look right into your eyes and tell your image…”You are beautiful and I love you.” Then look at yourself in a full length mirror and repeat those words. Do this several times/day. You are beautiful, just the way you are. You are real. You are a living, breathing, doing, wonderful human being. Don’t ever aspire to be a “robot.” That is what we are being forced to do to meet the ideal image forced on us by the media….remove body parts, attach plastic, chisel our bones, paralyze our muscles. What the heck. Don’t allow yourself to be tortured another day. Strive for health and wellness of mind, body, spirit. Strive to thrive……Love yourself.