To Go Against the Trend

Both attractive and unattractive people are out there in the world possibly knowing which of the two categories they fall under. Whether or not they are attractive is decided upon many different factors; body shape being the biggest one. There are plenty of different body trends that have sparked across pop culture for the past 100 years claiming what is a beautiful body to have. Surely enough, with each new body trend that makes its way into popularity, people tend to have plenty to say about it.

For instance, there were many people who responded to the “thigh gap” trend that took over the internet quite a few years ago. There were many articles explaining what the thigh gap was and how it was not exactly an attainable asset to have. However, some people spoke out against it, including Alexia LaFata on Elite Daily online magazine. She goes through eleven reasons as to why she wants her thighs to be thick. Some seemed a bit sarcastic and one had the strong message telling others to embrace their natural bodies. However, number one was one to pay close attention to. Apparently, there was a “big booty” movement becoming very popular. This movement dealt with the love for thicker thighs and bigger buttocks. This concept might help those who were not able to obtain a thigh gap feel much better, but then it creates an irony. What about all of the people who aren’t able to have thick thighs?

Ending the “thigh gap” trend and going into the new “big booty” movement created yet another unattainable body that only some actually have. Some may refer to it as “slim-thick” where women have a really slim waist, but a very big and round buttocks. Of course, while some hop on the bandwagon to get into the next new look, there are people do have something to say against it. Catalina talks of the new body trend in a highly negative way. She mentions how this body ideal not only is hard to maintain, let alone keep forever, she claims that it is just a nice way of saying that someone is thick in some places, yet not in others. Another girl Sope Aluko, points out the fact that she was a really skinny African American. She did not have the curvy look to her body, or even the slim-thick body ideal. Rather, she was naturally really skinny, and she began to embrace her body for how it was.

Finally, there is more out there than just a few select people speaking out against the new trends that come around. There are actually big time campaigns out there that are seeking to promote a more positive body image. There is #Fatkini where women post picture of themselves in their bathing suits. Another one is called “The Perfect Body”. This campaign started in reaction to a controversial campaign that Victoria’s Secret came out with. In their advertisements, all the models were thin, which cause “Curvy Kate Lingerie” and “Dear Kate” to release their own campaign using women of different weight sizes. Two more of these positive body image campaigns include #ImNoAngel and the Dove Campaing for Real Beauty. #ImNoAngel has women take photos of themselves and submit them to help redefine what society considers sexy, while Dove works to create groundbreaking research about body image and such. Overall, these campaigns are working to fight negative body image, and accepting the body types of all people.

Although it might seem that most people just want to be a part of the next body fad, there are plenty of people wanting to fight against that aspect within popular culture. A 2015 study even shows that social media has been impacting the beauty standards some people now hold. Rather than stressing or working hard to recreate a body type, a lot of people are beginning to embrace their bodies as they are. This might seem like a huge deal, but this is actually the biggest way to fight against the next bodily trend that comes along, and any negativity that comes from it.

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