Now that Spring has arrived, meaning Summer is not far behind I have noticed an influx of adverts often entitled with some reference as to how to go about getting a Summer / bikini body. Now I am all for a healthy lifestyle and exercise, but the way these adverts try to draw us into believing we need to do what they suggest to achieve a Summer / bikini suitable body somehow makes us feel that without doing what they suggest that we are inadequate. It all comes down to personal preference, some of us love to jump into the gym to achieve a body we feel more confident about, myself included, and thats okay. But what does a Summer body actually look like? My idea and your idea might be entirely different things altogether. We all have a body, right, so how come putting a bikini on doesn’t equate to us having a “bikini body”.
How have we gone from being a world dominated with beautiful woman in movies circa 1950, comfortable and confident in their own skin like Marylin Monroe, a huge sex symbol and an icon lusted after by many, her figure that now I dare say would come under harsh criticism from the media. Now in 2017 we see a high number of actresses and singers maintaining super slender figures. Don’t even get me started on runway super models, give them a good meal! Seriously. Its hard not to being sucked in by it all and think that if we don’t conform to a certain look or size that maybe we aren’t deemed good enough in society. I am so happy to see such a big body positive movement more and more now encouraging us to all love the skin we’re in, and why the hell not! We are fabulous as we are. These adverts are designed to feed on our insecurities about ourselves, basically its a business ploy for someone else to cash in by making us feel we aren’t good enough and we need their help to be better.
The change does not need to happen physically to our bodies, unless it is for our own personal lifestyle choices, but rather a change mentally inside our heads, our minds, we need to change how we think. If you have already achieved this, more power to you! You are inspiration to us all.
The media is so damaging and it is hard not to compare ourselves to what we see all around and what we are made to think is the right way to look. Its hard not to put pressure on ourselves if we don’t feel that we live up to the image of what we feel that we should be. We aren’t the problem, media and society are. We are all different and that should be embraced rather than something to make us feel bad. Our bodies are all different, we are all going through different things in our lives. As cliche as it may sound, believe me when I say this, we are all beautiful and unique as we are. I’ve not been without my own struggles with feeling that I am not good enough, but it is my life and although I can’t control what the media put out there I can control how I feel about it. If I go to the gym and slave away its 100% for me, not because I feel I need to conform to a certain look. Nobody has time to put the sort of effort in for anyone other then themselves. If I want to change how I look, I will change it for myself and myself alone.
Heres to self acceptance and empowering one another and promoting body positivity moving forward! We are all perfectly perfect, just as we are.