Body shaming has been on a rise among women lately, but more confident women have also started standing up for themselves. Curves have always been beautiful, and now, more girls are learning to appreciate their natural curves more. Not to say that those who are naturally slim aren’t beautiful.
Even Barbie dolls have more realistic bodies now, thanks to Mattel’s recent transformation of their dolls. Little girls have a more rational view of what bodies are supposed to look like and how it’s okay to be different in terms of shape, height, skin color and curves. It’s never too early to teach little girls how to love their bodies.
More stars (Demi Lovato, Gina Rodriguez, Adele, etc.) have been embracing their natural figures, opting to reject major Photoshop edits rather than being portrayed as flawless. Even brands such as Dove, Aerie and Old Navy have started making shifts in their marketing strategies by reminding women that it’s okay to embrace their “real” bodies. They promote self-esteem, rather than projecting a fake perception of “perfect”.
We can’t always rely on our genes to do all of the work. Whether or not your body is “ideal” enough for you, it is still our duty to keep our bodies healthy – inside and out.
Combine Confidence with Clothes That Fit:
Forget all the times you had to squeeze in a pair of jeans one size smaller so that you could look “good”. Clothes are should boost your self-esteem, not lower it.
There’s only one solution to that: wear what comfortably fits you.
It’s just a matter of choosing clothes that will complement your body type and hug you in all the right places. So what if you’re a size 6? No one’s going to pull out your clothes’ tag and look at the sizing number.
Maintaining a good posture is also vital. It makes a big impact on the way you feel and look. Standing or sitting straighter will immediately make you look about 10 pounds lighter.
Follow Marie Kondo’s rule on deciding whether or not you should throw out an item (in this case, clothes) –“if it no longer sparks joy”, get rid of it.
Sustain Your Frame:
Kim K., Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj may have redefined “curvy” for our generation, but it doesn’t mean that women who don’t have curves are less of a beauty. It may be tempting to want to change your body to fit your perception of the ideal body, but do not give in. Somewhere out there, someone else is wishing they had a body like yours.
Of course, we have to maintain our body’s healthy physique. If clothes that fit us well make us feel amazing, imagine how much better you’d feel if you were intrinsically healthy, too.
Our bodies are only as healthy as our food intake.
About that Workout:
Even if you think you’re eating “healthy” there will always be calories and dietary fats that need to be burned.
You can’t just focus on one area of your body and neglect every other part. It doesn’t make sense to just do crunches or sit-ups continuously and skip leg day altogether. If you aren’t overly active, but still want to take part in easy workouts, there are plenty of routines and tips you can use as a guide.
Advocate, Don’t Hate:
Not all of us were born with Victoria’s Secret bodies, and if you were, that’s totally fine. Keep in mind that just because campaigns like #NoBeautyShaming and #PlusIsEqual have also emerged to support women with bigger physiques, it doesn’t mean you should completely abandon your health regime. All sizes are beautiful in their own way.
Do not allow yourself to be pressured by what society and social media often portray as the typical body. Ditch those pants from college you were hoping to fit in again. Unfollow user accounts if you have to. Unfriend people who make you feel less like yourself. Promote positive body image by being an activist yourself.
Happiness is not defined by our body shape or size number.
Ayah Danica V. Granada is currently a content writer and editor for Scoopfed. Formerly a student journalist. Full time writer, part time bibliophile and TV series hoarder-slash-enthusiast. You can find her on Twitter @ayahgranada.