Body image is one of the things we constantly talk about and are confronted with when clients come to see us. It is also one of the main reasons women say that boudoir is not for them.. they are not skinny enough, they need to lose that last 5 pounds etc etc. I personally have struggled with this and I confronted it head on with lots of strength and determination. I have nieces and I want them to know they are perfect just how they are… we all need to be a good role model for the future generation.
What we want women to know is:
EVERY WOMAN IS BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR OWN WAY.. PERIOD! SOCIETY CAN NOT CONTROL OUR THOUGHTS ON THIS ANY LONGER.
We found this recent article that we wanted to share with you
Here are a few of our favorite parts of the article:
We know that girls as young as ten are already struggling with body image: over 80 percent of ten-year-old girls are afraid of being fat; by middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body; and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15.
It is not news that girls and women struggle with expectations concerning appearance. But not only is the struggle affecting girls at younger and younger ages, with real consequences for physical, mental health and self-esteem. We have now reached a point where hating one’s body is the norm.
On the upside, there is active and growing resistance to the constant pressure and reinforcement of a singular, unrealistic, and unattainable “ideal.”
…What’s especially interesting about this is the mother/daughter component since moms’ self-talk influences their daughters.
This conversation about expanding the definition of beauty is critical, but perhaps more important is actively changing the way we value girls and women. Even as women have made enormous strides in education, politics, and the workplace, we are still more often than not rewarded or punished for our physical appearance. The enormous pressure for girls to focus their energies on being thin comes at the expense of being brilliant, creative, kind, passionate, leaders. Not only do we have to stop propagating a single standard of beauty, but quite simply girls need to believe that their value is not derived from their appearance but from who they are and what they do.
Credit: The Daily Beast