Have you ever asked yourself whether your body is currently in fashion right now?
On trend with the latest craze?
It sounds crazy but when you take a look through the history books, it’s so true!
From the boy-ish shapes of Twiggy in the 1960s to the curvaceous lumps and bumps of the Kardashians here in 2016, body shapes have become as fashionable as the clothes which dress them.
Have you ever asked yourself whether your body is currently in fashion right now? On trend with the latest craze? It sounds crazy but when you think about it logically it’s so true!
When my disordered eating and body image hangups began, back in the early 1990s, every magazine, newspaper and TV show was featuring the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell & Christie Turlington. These were and still are beautiful women with stereotypical model proportions, and something which I desperately also wanted to achieve. Yet the thing is that my body never did and never would look like theirs.
Despite the 12+ years of dieting, restricting and exercise obsession which followed, my body shape never looked like that of Kate Moss. A few years later it would also never look like that of Victoria Beckham in her Spice Girl days and a few years later nor would it look like the curves of Kelly Brook. Today I will never have the curves or proportions of any of the Kardashians.
My body is my body.
No matter what I do with my body, no matter what diet I follow or exercise regime I stick to, I will only ever have my body and never the body of anyone else. I could hire the personal trainers of the stars and have their meals prepared by their chefs but what impact would that have on my genetics and my natural build?
Probably not as much as you’d think.
This is why articles in trashy mainstream magazines with titles of ‘follow Gwenyth Paltrow’s diet’ or ‘learn to eat like Jennifer Aniston’ annoy the crap out of me on so many levels!
You are YOU and no amount of tampering with food/exercise or anything else will ever give you a body like someone else. Ever.
So this got me thinking.
Why and how do we become so obsessed by the way that our bodies appear?
Looking at this from a sociological perspective, it’s because we find ourselves comparing our body size and shape to everybody else around us. If we are constantly being exposed to society’s ‘normal’ of what that should look like, it’s hard to not go into comparison mode and feel somehow inadequate with what we have and who we are. Now depending on what body size and shape is seen as being in fashion at any moment in time, will more than likely impact how you feel about yourself and your body.
Just like fashion itself, however, body shapes can and do become last season. Yet if you did not get that memo, you may still find yourself striving to look like somebody else, when the fashion has moved on.
The sociological impact of body size and shape especially with women is a multi dimensional and complex topic. Yet we cannot argue the fact that when we take even the last four decades, the perceived ideal (ie fashionable) female form has definitely changed depending on what year it has been.
What can YOU do?
- Stop trying to change your body!
- Stop dieting, stop over exercising, stop trying to be like someone else.
- Accept yourself for who you are.
- Stop buying trashy magazines – cancel your subscriptions and detox from them!
- Speaking of detox, extend that to social media – leave facebook groups, unfollow pinterest boards and instagram accounts which leave you slipping into ‘comparison-itis’ mode. Follow me instead (cheeky plug!) on FACEBOOK, PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM for some body positive articles, discussions and support!
- If you are obsessed with your weight check out this blog post I wrote ‘7 Things I Know About Weight’
You can have a life where food is no longer in control.
I can’t wait to show you how.
Love Rachel xox
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