I always want to make the point that no matter how many posts I do about fashion or beauty doesn’t mean I also don’t have some criticism of the industry. I wish there were more models out there who looked like me; had hips and a butt, and maybe a little less Photoshopping. I feel the need to balance out my fashion posts with posts about real beauty that examines what we should strive for rather than what beauty magazines tell us we should strive for.
The above photo is of model Katie Halchishick showing what would need to be done to her body to get a Barbie like figure.
Here’s what would need to be done: a brow lift, a jaw line shave, rhinoplasty, a cheek and neck reduction, a chin implant, scooped-out shoulders, a breast lift, liposuction on her arms, and tummy tuck, which would also have to be sculpted as if it were lined in whale-bone from the inside.
Our desire for perfection in the form of a size 2 body is ridiculous. Just look how much training and diets the models of the Victoria Secret Fashion show have to go through in order to look ‘perfect’ on TV. The role fashion can play is encouraging people to dress for their body type and feel confident in their own skin. You can hide those 5 pounds you want to lose instead of going on a crash liquid diet. You show off your wonderful curves or highlight your beautiful eyes.
Below is a really awesome depiction of how Photoshop can alter someone’s image and how what we see in magazines is most likely not what the model looks like in real life.
Read more about the above images here.
While doing research for this post I found this awesome quote. I’ll end it here.
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.