Q: What is the perfect body for a woman?
Molly, 20 | The Rose Beauty Files
Amy, 40 | The Makeup Case
I can see why the advert caused a lot of commotion. It’s always irked me that the media translates “beach/summer body” into “rail thin, flat stomach and tan”. Ads like these are basically body shaming. Not everyone has the “perfect” body.
Vanessa | Say Hello to Gorgeous
While I hesitate to say it’s offensive, I hate the idea of being “beach body ready.” No one should forgo a fun activity like going to the beach or pool because they feel self-conscious about their body. Ads like this contribute to negative body image. One of the hardest and most surprising lessons I have learned in my life is that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, someone finds you attractive. Ads like this undercut that message by giving us only one image of beauty. The media and other people can be quick to make snap judgments about another’s image under the guise of being concerned about “health.” What they forget is that health is not just physical. It’s mental. Being happy with your body is important.
Mia | The Beautorialist
This is a difficult topic because every woman’s perception of what a “perfect body” entails is so different. Radical diets and other extreme weight loss plans are never healthy, but unfortunately women do cave to them to get results. The media dictates the “perfect body image” will have you weighing in at 120 lbs. with 3% body fat, perfect tan, no cellulite or stretch marks, and all that jazz. A woman’s perfect body image should be about where she is the healthiest. As long as you are in your healthy weight range, I think that is pretty ideal. The reality is that women come in so many unique shapes and sizes, and are all beautifulin so many ways.
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Caryl | Caryl Almelor
I don’t believe there is a “perfect” body image for women. We’re bombarded with constant reminders of what women’s bodies should look like, by images seen on television, magazines, and by celebrities we like and follow. These images don’t necessarily represent every woman out there and I don’t think we all have to look a certain way to fit in. Instead, women should learn to embrace themselves for what they have and be happy for who they are. We’re not perfect, but who would want to look like every other woman, sharing the same body features. Everyone is born with unique features and we, as a community should be accepting of that, rather than trying to change what is different.
Brianna, 23 | Online Beauty Finds
In my opinion there is no such thing as an “ideal” body weight. Everyone is different and each person should make goals based on themselves and what they want to achieve without comparing themselves with others. The media makes this extremely difficult for us because of the billions that go into this “health” industry. If you find yourself getting obsessed with your weight or feeling insecure just think about how the ideal body image has changed so drastically throughout the years and how you have the idealbody in a different country this present moment.
Julia, 21 | Elegant and Relevant
There is no such thing as a perfect body. As long as we are healthy and happy with ourselves – or at the very least, striving to be – then our bodies are exactly the way they should be!
Nicole, 17 | Nicolish
Personally, I don’t think there is a perfect body type. Everybody is different and I don’t think there is a such thing as a perfect body type because I don’t think that type would fit everybody. Some people are very petite and look good that way while some people are a little more curvy and look amazing that way. I think everybody’s natural body type is perfect and gorgeous and I feel like we should appreciate the way our bodies look more.
Tifa, 33 | Blog Creatifa
Women of any weight can have health issues, so first and foremost, I would say that being healthy is the most important thing.
“Perfect” body image, similar to beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Slim, muscular, curvy… all are beautiful, and perfect in their own right. I can see why the ‘Protein World’ advertisement would have caused so much controversy, but they are promoting a weight loss campaign, with the aid of their products, so the model they chose to use is in accordance with the image they are selling. I am not saying that I agree with their campaign, but I think it is unfair to target them, when there are so many companies doing the same thing – whether they are selling lingerie, clothing, perfumes or cosmetics, most models used are not of average size.
As long we are happy and comfortable with how we look, we should not feel we have to conform to society’s idea of the perfect body image. To reiterate my opening statement, being healthy should be our top priority.
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Katy, 33 | Schoolrun Beauty
Manisha, 22 | Manisha Amar Makeup
This is something that’s pretty close to home for me. I’d like to say I’m pretty body confident, I know what style flatters me and really doesn’t work for my shape. Protein World’s advert in London really stirred up quite a storm around positive/negative body image. People might argue that people who aren’t slim aren’t healthy however you can be slim and unhealthy.
I don’t think there should be limitations on what people choose to wear; it should be the individual’s choice on how they dress and it has nothing to do with others around them. The ideal body image has changed throughout the years and the pressure to look a certain way is stronger than ever thanks to the many media outlets. Wherever you look, you are being forced to take in an image of a woman who has a shapely bum, perky boobs, defined waist, washboard stomach, perfect hair, teeth, skin, nails – the list is endless. The perfect body image for a woman is someone who is happy in her own skin.
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