We've all heard the scoop that Ashley Graham scored the role as cover girl for Sports Illustrated. No "buts" about it, this is a big deal for women who've been having the body positive conversation for a while now. However, Yahoo posted a video on the news that they captioned, "It's official: Curves are hot."
But this just in: Curves were always hot. It is downright demeaning when the media tries to dictate which body type is officially trendy. It's one thing to praise women for their body types no matter the size; it's another thing to say that one body type is "in" and another is "out."
News flash: Body types shouldn't be treated like fads.
Companies are crawling out of the woodwork, promoting that "plus-size" models are sexy. They want to be part of the body positive movement, because women are demanding that all sizes get a fair shot. And that's great. But let's not turn our body shapes (or lack thereof) into a trend that will eventually fade away. We have to accept that Ashley Graham was always beautiful and always will be in her own right, just like every other model in the world, whether she's on the cover of a magazine or not.
I am sure I am not alone when I say that society should not treat body types like they are fads. For example: Cara Delevingne.
One of the most popular models to walk the runway has been pressured to stay skinny throughout her career. Delevingne told Huffington Post what all of us are thinking: "It's horrible living in a world where... you need to lose weight." One who is already extremely skinny should not "need" to lose weight. This promotes eating disorders and cripples our view of what it means to be thin.
Graham herself has had her fair share of body-shaming too. "I had agents wave money in my face and say, 'If you drop some pounds, you can have a lot more of this!'" she said to Teen Vogue. Is that what this world is coming to? Graham wears a size 16, the same size as Marilyn Monroe — who was considered the sexiest woman in the country — why have the standards changed? Who gets to decide the body "trend" in the media?
Media outlets are treating the "plus-size" model usage as a fad, probably making some feel like being skinny and having no curves means they are not hot anymore. When will these powerful companies realize the severity of what they promote? We can't lose focus; we must remember that Cara Delevingne is still beautiful and that both models are successful at what they do. Just because there are differences between the two doesn't make one lesser than the other. Women are blessed with such beautiful qualities, and we must embrace them, not shame them. Life would be boring if everyone looked the same — all body types make life that much more beautiful.
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