The perfect body image has certainly gone through quite the evolution. From the ‘60s when being slim and petite was the look of the decade to today’s desired Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian body, body images go through trends just like fashion.
The perfect body image has certainly gone through quite the evolution. From the ‘60s when being slim and petite was the look of the decade to today’s desired Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian body, body images go through trends just like fashion. The desire to have a ridiculously curvy body that only genetics, a good prayer, or injections can create began in 2010. Now that it is five years later, the “perfect” body image is bound to change again very soon.
People tend to want the body that the media portrays to them as the perfect body. There was once a time in the fifties when Marilyn Monroe’s body was highly sought after. She was the vision of what a woman should look like: a Coke bottle body. The Coke bottle body usually consists of breasts that are neither too big nor small, curvaceous hips, and a firm butt. The image of the perfect body slowly began to change when the 1970s came and Farrah Fawcett was who the media loved. Whoever is the hottest person out and provides a body image that is unique and different becomes the poster child for perfect body image of the decade.
Body images also tend to form around fashion trends. In the 1970s, slim and petite bodies were the bodies to fawn over because spandex and polyester were the fabrics of the decade. If your body wasn’t slim and you didn’t have a flat stomach, tight disco outfits consisting of polyester and spandex did not flatter you too well. This is why Farrah Fawcett was highly favored; she had the perfect body to rock the most revealing and tight outfits. This same instance occurs in every other decade. For example, in the ‘90s when the grunge look was in, the preferred body type was also very slim and slender. Baggy jeans and big t-shirts was the look that was in. With a big booty and bodacious hips, the look couldn’t quite be achieved. The latest fashion trends will determine the perfect body image because of who can rock those trends the most. When the fashion image changes, so does the image of the perfect body.
While society creates their own idea of the perfect body, let me be frank: there is no perfect body. Many celebrities pay for their bodies, and society tends to fall for something they can’t realistically achieve without paying an arm and a leg. While women are paying for butt injections and doing stupid things like the #KylieJennerChallenge, the perfect body image is slowly going through another change, and they’ll be left feeling like they are permanently wearing some last season Prada shoes. My advice: don’t worry about having the perfect body of the decade. Embrace your body and love it because it’s the only one you have. Besides, maybe in a year or so, a celebrity with your body type will become the poster child for the perfect body image, and then you won’t have to work so hard.
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