Women’s Body Parts Are NOT Trends

“How to get Kylie Jenner’s lips!”

“Do THIS to score a instagram-worthy booty!”

“Pose like this to get a thigh-gap!”

Like, what?

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Can you imagine if men were doing this?

*Imagines a group of frat boys with over-plumped lips*

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*Or a group of teenage boys with disproportionate backsides*

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Yes, men work out, but there’s really been only one *major* body trend for the males, lately, and it’s “DADBOD”….

So the only time THEIR body is the source of a viral trend, it’s so they can drink more beer??

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Must be nice! I’m over here trying to figure out how to arch my back in the mirror to make it look like I squat small cars for a living..

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I will say, it’s nice that we’re seeing other body types besides “stick-thin model-type” get some attention… but this is missing the point altogether.

Women are MORE than a body-type.

(P.S. — I know “plus-size” modeling is all the rage these days, but all of those women are DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS… Have you seen Ashley Graham’s face??

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How about “average face” modeling… for us that are just average-looking, don’t photograph well, and generally-speaking, are just mediocre? )

It’s great that we’re seeing more inclusive fashion campaigns, but we’re still judging women by their appearance.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of my male friends talk about their body type.

Women: Yes, I’ve read multiple articles on “the best outfits for my body-type” and it turns out I’m a mesomorph-triangle-apple combo that looks best in A-Line or body con clothes.

Men: If I eat a lot of pizza I get fat.

But let me get back to my original point.

Body parts are NOT trends.

Body types are NOT trends.

WOMEN’S BODIES SHOULD NOT BE TRENDS.

No matter how much I work out, I will never have a thigh gap.

I’m in good enough shape, but my hips are just built in a way that my thighs like to touch.. *Shrugs*

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In high school, I hated my body type (athletic, big shoulders, big legs and arms).

Luckily, the “fitness” craze has made athletic types more in-style, (#strongisthenewskinny) — but what about women who are just naturally thin and don’t put on muscle?

I don’t want to put down one group of women to glorify another — especially if it’s based solely on appearance. 

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Without the help of a surgeon, you can’t really change your skeleton and the way your body is built.

Working out and eating right can definitely make you the best version of yourself, but at some point, we need to appreciate ourselves for what we are.

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Imagine how boring the world would be if we all looked the same?

*judging by my Instagram discover page, it’s heading that direction*

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Beauty is subjective.

What is attractive to one person, may not be to someone else. And what is considered a “flaw” to one person, may be beautiful to another.

But I don’t want this to be yet *another* post on “body positivity”…

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Yeah, I get the sentiment, but I’m so tired of reading about it.

How many times do men have to talk about body positivity?

We need to change the conversation from “Accepting your body” to “You are MORE than your appearance”.

Humans are visual creatures.

I get it.

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(P.S. I can’t believe I’m actually the same species as Kate Upton. I mean, come on…)

But….

“If you live for their approval, you’re going to die with their rejection.”

Captain Obvious, checking in:

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You will get old. You will get wrinkles. There will always be someone younger and prettier than you.

So if you’re basing your self-worth on your appearance, you’re in for some disappointment, eventually.

Unless you’re Halle Berry. That woman is ageless.

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Is it wrong to succumb to the pressures of the world and care about your appearance?

No.

But just know  — you’re MORE than that. (despite what Instagram says! Ha.)

 

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