Amid all the sarcastic remarks, weird looks and punches at her body shape, curvy women have found a way to embrace their thickness through positive body movement. These women have created an inspiring and revolutionary movement that strives to end the stigma of a single beauty standard.
Despite all external criticism, the body-positive movement must continue to advocate for the appreciation, functionality and dignity of beautiful curvy women. The physiological differences of every woman should be consecrated and praised.
In the fashion industry, the representation of thicker women and body positivity continues to grow, as Victoria’s Secret partnership with Paloma Elsesser, body advocate and model, to design new products and “support causes. vital for women ”.
Likewise, ModCloth is supporting the movement by providing inclusive clothing for plus size women, from XS to 4X. They also promote authenticity with their models since they signed the “Heroes Pledge for Advertisers” in 2014, which promises not to alter the size, color or proportion of the models’ physical characteristics in the photos.
However, some tall women still do not get the support of the company because they do not match the Photoshop brushed image of a small waist and a slim figure.
Even though the body-positive movement was launched to give curvy women confidence in their skin, the movement encountered obstacles. Some slimmer women can be condescending towards tall women, while still bathing in social media vanity. To exclude curvy women and even to condemn them for accepting their bodies is a bodily disgrace.
While some women may be labeled as too thin to represent movement, other women are seen as either too tall or an unhealthy waistline. These tall women are the subject of public scrutiny on social media as they flaunt their bodies in swimsuits or flashy outfits. They do not present their bodies to promote unsanitary conditions. They take matters into their own hands and encourage tall women to fearlessly fight against society’s expectations of what to wear.
Many women experience insecurities with their bodies. According to the University of Texas at Austin, 85 to 95% of women in the United States are unhappy with their bodies. Regardless of their size, all women should aim to uplift each other, instead of contributing to their pre-existing feelings of insecurity.
Brittani Lancaster, a body-positive TikTok influencer, is dedicated to helping women embody a loving self-image, especially after recovering from an eating disorder. Although Lancaster’s positivity has touched many tall women, some users continue to leave negative comments that invalidate videos of her shamelessly exposing her belly or the cellulite on her thighs.
To spread true positivity that embraces the uniqueness of women’s bodies on social media, users can browse and learn about posts from body-positive organizations like Body Image Movement, which aims to end ‘l ‘global epidemic of bodily hatred’. This organization publishes inspirational messages, provides educational resources and promotes a positive self-image book for children called “Embrace your Body”.
Adios Barbie is another organization that helps promote positive body image, a feminist-led organization that expands the concept of body image to include identification of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, of age and size. On their website, they teach people the influence of media education on consumers’ perceptions of body shape and how to become an educated consumer.
Social media users should also keep an eye out for pervasive and demeaning comments online using their media literacy knowledge. It would also teach users that posting degrading comments about someone’s body is a projection of their own bodily insecurities. By understanding and genuinely embracing the unique and divine bodies of women, they can find their place in the body-positive movement.