i’ll have curves with a side of bones, please. hold the cellulite.

Well, readers. I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.

The good news is that it seems as though the outrage against society’s “thin ideal” is finally being recognized. Magazine photo editors have finally gotten the message and have stopped Photoshopping images of women down to impossibly skinny frames.

The bad news is that instead of Photoshopping women to look skinnier, now editors are adding fake curves. According to the lovely ladies at Beauty Redefined, curvy is the new skinny, but only in places curves are “allowed.”

Sigh. SO CLOSE, YOU GUYS. SO CLOSE AND YET, SO FAR.

Seriously, people? The problem isn’t that images of women have been manipulated to look thin. The problem is that images of women (and men, for that matter) are being manipulated at all. I’ve been dying for magazine photo editors to get this through their heads and with this new revelation, I feel like I’ve spent the better part of my life begging my parents for a puppy, and they just finally agreed to get me one. Only they came home with a beat up Pound Puppy they found at the local Goodwill and hoped it would pass.

And so. Here we are again singing the same song reinforcing the idea that one body type is better than all the others. Where it used to be impossibly skinny, now it’s impossibly curvy; that is, thin all over except where curves are acceptable (boobs and butt, essentially).

As someone who falls in the “curvy” category (or plus-sized, if you can believe it) I’ve always wished that I could have this exact body type — thin everywhere, but with killer boobs and a butt. But even when I was starving myself into misery, I still had the body type I do: curvy, even in the spots where it’s not acceptable (bigger arms, bigger thighs, and so on). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a conversation with another girl about how we wish we could switch body parts with each other so we could fit the ideal.

ME: Ugh, I hate how big my boobs are. I wish I was skinny all over like you.

FRIEND: Whatever! I wish I had your shape and actually looked the way a woman is supposed to look!

ME: But we’re all ‘supposed to be’ skinny like you.

FRIEND: Yeah, but with big boobs like you!

I wasn’t born knowing that there is a “right” way to look and a “wrong” way to look. I was taught it from a very young age. Sadly, I was also taught that, thanks to Photoshop in the media, the “right” way to look is also the “impossible” way to look.

Either it’s being so skinny that you’d have to have most of your rib cage removed…

 

Or it’s extremely curvy, but only in the places that curves are accepted.

And if you don’t look like this? Well, it’s no one’s fault but your own because you’re the only one not working hard enough.

To learn more about this stupid new trend in Photoshopping, click here to read the article by Beauty Redefined.

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6 responses to “i’ll have curves with a side of bones, please. hold the cellulite.

  1. Bri

    “I wasn’t born knowing that there is a “right” way to look and a “wrong” way to look. I was taught it from a very young age. Sadly, I was also taught that, thanks to Photoshop in the media, the “right” way to look is also the “impossible” way to look…..And if you don’t look like this? Well, it’s no one’s fault but your own because you’re the only one not working hard enough.”

    This pretty much sums it up. You are awesome. Yet another amazing post!

  2. Kelli

    One of your best posts yet. It drives me insane that the “self-love” movement gets very confused with the “let’s all hate on skinny women” thought process.
    In a way I also think this new trend puts even MORE pressure on bigger girls. Even if someone had come to realize “hey, I don’t have that frame, I will never be a size 2 so I am just going to love myself anyways”, now they might be forced to think “well, I AM curvy so I should be able to make myself look like that girl if I don’t eat and get rid of my belly/arms/legs/whatever else.”

    Keep preaching the self-love for everybody :)

  3. mommapoole

    This is crazy! It’s even less possible to get this body type. Unless plastic surgery (or Photoshop) is involved. Anyway, her hair is fabulous.

  4. I was just talking to my brothers this afternoon about how people categorize ME… because I am naturally thinner with toned-looking, veiny muscles people think I am a fitness nut who works out all the time and am super strong. Actually, I am NOT very healthy because my body does not immediately show signs of my poor eating, sleeping and exercise habits! I do not want to be put into a box because of my body type either… and I wish other women would stop thinking I am judging their bodies or fitness habits.

    Side note regarding that hair: guarantee it is a wig! Way to be 100% fake.

  5. Great thoughts…and something as a mother of a little girl – is ALWAYS on my mind. I want her to love the body that God gave her, not always wanting to look like someone else. Mind you I don’t want her to take that idea and lead a unhealthy lifestyle. Rather make healthy life choices and be happy. A very complicated concept to teach a 6 year old!

  6. Pingback: Skinny, “Curvy”, and Still Not Fitting the Mold « Femiblogged

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