Picture this...it's early 1900's. The start of fashion photography is gracing the covers of popular reading material such as; LIFE magazine, Collier’s, and Harper’s...and what are they showcasing? The Gibson Girl, the "it" girl shape of the 1900's. You were a Gibson Girl if you had: A round, soft body gathered together at a small waist. This may sound familiar to it's sister shape of the 1950's the glorified "it" girl shape of this decade was of course, The Hourglass . Although, following shortly after it is The Twig, the highlighted shape of the 1960's. This shape had no curve on a tall and thin frame, which is reminiscent of the desired shape of the 1920's The Flapper. Curve was not considered attractive in these two decades.
The result...a record amount of amphetamines were prescribed for weight loss in the 1960's.
Certain body shapes have been glorified each decade throughout recent history. Teaching women one moment that their curves are worthy of admiration then a few years later asking them to sit on the sidelines and apologize for that curve. Or the opposite, you are not feminine if you don't have curve... Unfortunately, many of us have grown up under some sort of "ideal" body shape. We have compared our bodies to the "it" girl body shapes at the time. In the last 20 years we have been inundated with photo shop, going under the knife/needle, and glorifying a rock hard body that takes a full time job to achieve. The bar has been set at a non-obtainable level that blurs the line of real and normal. It has robbed intelligent, strong, and beautiful women into believing the lie that they are not meeting the standard.
"I look nothing like that." Starting as young as 11 years old, I used to tell myself, "What is wrong with me..."
Have you ever been there as an adult? Cursing your hips and thighs or angrily pinching your tummy? "What is wrong with me...I am so gross..." And on and on the downward spiral goes until self hatred has formed what you see in the mirror.
If you can identify with what I am saying, this video below will feed your soul some truth. I beg of you to really hear the heart of this message, let it sink into your mind and work it's way in to your heart. Change the way you think about your body and specifically your shape and I promise you, it will change how you treat yourself, value yourself, and love yourself. It will change the way you treat and love others. What culture has told you about your body is a straight up lie.
All body shapes are beautiful...period.
What did this bring up in your heart? Was it freeing to hear that you are born with the beautiful shape you have? Or did you have a different response? This is a safe place for honesty and I would love to hear your thoughts...
P.S. If you know of someone that would really benefit from this message, please share it! We need to lift each other up with the truth. xoxo