The world has said enough on women’s bodies and has set a standard on how it should look; said enough that anymore feeling good and “feeling in my skin, comfortable” requires a therapist assistance.
The millennial musician, Billie Eilish broke the ice on it recently with her blonde hair and corset inspired outfit, speaking publicly about the body image criticism she has been receiving. She had one line for this world “It’s all about what makes you feel good”- a mantra almost for anyone, especially for growing individual to see themselves as a beautiful human, from within.
So, when did this all start – the finding and perfecting a blueprint for a “perfect body” and how can one overcome the set standard and feel free in their bodies and find beauty from within, is what this article is all about.
In the past century, the imagery of “ideal woman” has changed. It is always someone setting a standard for someone’s body and it will prevail as long as we accept it. We have all seen the renaissance women in corsets, finding their breathe with every flinching movement of their lungs through that corset; to the thin slender bodies that was portrayed in fashion week in the 1960s,
sending the ‘Twiggy wave’ and the craze for baby foods to keep in that ‘almost existing’ shape; to the Kardashian bringing back the asset of a modern woman, to finally accepting the bodies as it is through few outspoken people namely Ashley Graham. But the millennial star, Billie has a new, more “accepting without judgement” thought of doing what we want to our body, if it feels good to us. Getting that surgery if it feels good or eating that food. Whatever as long as you are okay with that, which she expresses more in her new song “Your power”.
While being thin is not unhealthy and being healthy is not a sin. Our existence is defined by us in this world. As long as we take the ownership of our bodies and we set the tone as to how we should be seen, the whole search for the “desirable body” will die down. Because in this whole world, our body is our only home and finding our home is the what the search should be.
If you are or anyone that you know is suffering from mental health issues such as Anorexia Nervosa, please seek help. Your existence is precious.
Article Writer: Renugadevi Krishnan
Editorial Assistant: Abhishek Khanpara
Chief Editor: Jumana N Mohamed
Publisher: Supankan K