If Joan Holloway’s seductive strut in the award-winning television show Mad Men is any inclination, we’re living in the curvy era.
You’d think with all these beautiful, curvaceous women running around, we as a society would be more inclined to accept beauty of all different types.
The USC Women’s Student Assembly held “Love Your Body” week last week, as part of a larger effort to embrace all body types, as opposed to the one the media imposes on us.
Yet somehow women still idolize models who are at a level that’s genetically unattainable.
While First Lady Michelle Obama is running her “Let’s Move!” campaign, she neglects to focus on the most important kind of health: emotional.
One does not need to be Einstein to realize the media and our society are consumed with the idea of beauty.
We live in a world where girls constantly tell their friends they are ugly only so they can receive a compliment and the cries of “No, you’re not! You’re like, so gorgeous.”
We open magazines and see not ourselves, but these beautiful goddesses who have the ability to strike such fear and sadness in women just because of the way they look.
Rail-thin models have unfortunately become normal for us. So normal, in fact, that plus-size models are considered the minority in the fashion world.
Why are these curvy, beautiful women considered the minority when the average American woman is a size 14, according to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. That’s right — 14. Not 4, not 2, not 6. 14.
Critics of plus-size models find themselves in a peculiar situation.
If they disagree with having healthy women represent clothing lines, that means they support the anorexic women lining our magazine pages.
This is the world we live in. If I call an extremely skinny girl “anorexic,” that is just as disrespectful as if she were to call someone “fat.” Both sides are offended.
Skinny girl stereotypes include claims of anorexia or bulimia while curvier girls have to live with people calling them emotional overeaters.
The success of positive self-image lies in people taking a stand for health, whatever shape that might be. Some might think healthy is an all-organic diet and a six-pack.
But, being healthy means being the size you are naturally supposed to be, which is different for every girl out there.
This is the real problem.
Women compare themselves to other women when every single body is different. Even if I were 125 pounds, I would look nothing like Gisele Bündchen because our bodies are built differently.
Women need to start respecting themselves for the shape they were given, not the shape they desire. If that means being a size 0, so be it. If that also means being a size 16, then it’s fine because it’s your body.
If someone is unnaturally changing his or her weight, by excessively overeating or by throwing up or by starving, that is when we would need to take action.
Acceptance is the beginning of emotional renewal. Even though we thought our mothers were lying to us every time they said, “Every one is beautiful in his or her own special way,” it actually rings true.
Sheridan Watson is a sophomore majoring in cinematic arts-critical studies.