A women Photoshopped her IG photos in order to show that body trends are just the same as clothing fads.Fitness instructor and blogger Cassey Ho edited images of herself in several photos, showing off what was an ideal body type during a different time periods. Ho saw firsthand as an instructor, how disruptive body image issues is. We’re sure she’s gotten loads of people who come in looking for the Kim Kardashian butt. And we’re also just as sure she’s had loads of Kim Kardashian butts come in asking to be smaller.
“I see a lot of my real-life students struggling to love their bodies because of the way beautiful bodies are portrayed in the media,” Ho told INSIDER.
In her Instagram post, she begins with the ideal body from the 1400s and works her way up to current day. All we can say is … whoa. The ideal body “trend” is just that – a trend. Right when it seems a body is looked at as “perfect,” it suddenly isn’t. WTF.
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If I had the “perfect” body throughout history, this is what I’d look like. . Mid 2010s-2018 – Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting “belfies”. 🍑 Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%. . Mid 90s-2000s – Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. 👙 It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest. . Early 90s – THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: “heroin chic”. . 1950s – The hourglass shape is in. ⏳ Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade. . 1920s – Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses. . 1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance – Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin. . Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion? “Boobs are out! Butts are in!” Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing your body out like it’s fast fashion. . Please treat your body with love & respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body. ♥️ #blogilates #theperfectbody
For example, the 1990’s ideal body type was extreme thinness, while today, a small waist and huge butt is considered the ultimate shape. In the 1920’s a boy figure was wanted, while shortly after an hourglass was considered flawless. It makes no sense.
“I did this to see how ridiculous all of these [bodies] look on a single person, how weird it would be for a woman to keep changing her body to fit in,” Ho additionally said to INSIDER.
This really goes to show that the media and pop culture really designs what the perfect body is. If the Kardashians didn’t exist, what would it even be today? We don’t know and we will never know. But all we can say is the most important body type is your own body type. And that is what we hope at WRUW to promote in our #ReflectMeLike campaign (read more, here).
So how do you make sure you don’t get caught up with obsessing over wanting a specific body. She says “don’t focus on your body at all. Don’t focus on the vessel, focus on growing yourself on the inside. Once you find that confidence, that’s how you’ll truly love yourself and feel beautiful.”