Many avenues of media portray the ideal body as skinny, white, smooth and scar-free. Not only is this perception wrong, it’s also dangerous. It has caused many girls to obsess over weight loss and to develop eating disorders as a result. It has fueled body shaming, which attacks people because of their weight, height, stretch marks, and scars.
Fortunately, there are now movements that promote body positivity and call out false portrayal of body image. Even you can take part in this movement. Start with yourself.
Wear What You Want
Fashion lines are the top promoters of false body images – size two models, flat stomach, long legs, airbrushed covers. Don’t believe this.
If you are curvy, you are free to wear bikinis. Verona Couture emphasizes that “fashion has no size limits.” Show the fullness of your curves; your skin, scars, and stretch marks. As long as you feel comfortable, you are wearing the right clothes.
Eat What You Want
Body positivity is taking care of your body. If you are hungry, eat. Don’t deprive your body of its needs because you are cutting down calories. It’s good to be health-conscious, but don’t go overboard with it. When you begin starving yourself, seek professional help. There’s no shame in reaching out.
As long as what you’re taking in is healthy, go for it.
Appreciate How You Look
You don’t need filters. Appreciate your beauty; you don’t have to edit your photos every time you take them. It’s also important that you think of your blemishes as normal parts of you, not as flaws to conceal. It’s natural for them to be there.
Once in a while, give yourself a break from makeup. Let your skin breathe. Too much cosmetic use can cause skin problems. You don’t need beauty products to be beautiful.
Promotion of body positivity means supporting each other, no matter how the body looks. Don’t point out other people’s insecurities. Everyone is working so hard to accept themselves. Don’t drag them back to the bottom.
Love, accept and take care of your body. Then teach others how to do the same.