Column: Rock what your mama gave you

Video by Allegra H.


Check out the video above to see how DCHS students feel about body image.

Allegra H.

“Real women have curves.” “Everything looks good on skinny.” “Men like meat; only dogs like bones.” “Being curvy is an excuse for being fat.” Contradicting statements like these continually flood my Twitter feed, leaving it difficult to distinguish what’s hot and what’s not. As this battle of body beauty bombards social media, girls are left feeling inadequate, ignoring the beautiful physical characteristics they already have.

Media plays a prevalent role in displaying what’s physically desirable, often showing fit, photoshopped models to add to the already unattainable beauty standards of women. While making women feel insecure about not being a size zero was once the norm, a new message regarding body image has been surfacing.

Skinny shaming—telling thinner framed ladies that they aren’t “real women” because they aren’t curvy—is becoming more rampant on social media. No matter her body type, telling any woman she isn’t “real” because she doesn’t meet the current beauty standard is ridiculous. It only adds to the ever growing mountain of reasons causing women to question their own bodies.

As much as I would like to tell you that as long as you’re beautiful on the inside, it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, it just simply isn’t true. We live in a society that values boobs over brains, make-up over morality, and outer allure over inner beauty. So, when all we hear is, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” it doesn’t necessarily help us overcome our physical insecurities.

While the media constantly sets new beauty standards, we need to be revamping our own perception of body image. We must understand that we come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and hating our genetics won’t accomplish anything. Ultimately you have to embrace the fact that this is who you are.

You need to find a way to rock the way you look regardless of what “Cosmo” dictates is true beauty.  Stop flipping through “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit edition longing for the airbrushed bodies that fill the pages. At the end of the day, you have to be happy with you.

Body image is a constantly evolving factor in our society, and it would be counterproductive to always attempt to fit the media’s mold. However, by being confident and content with how you look, you can establish your own body image that never goes out of style.