The pressure for perfection continues to be at an all-time high in our society. Every single day, people are bombarded by the expectation of the preferred form. Both men and women are subjected to society’s standard of beauty through magazines, television, and the endless amount of “health aids” that assist in achieving and maintaining the optimal physique. Women are either expected to be rail thin (for high fashion) or have tiny waists with large lower regions (the perfect hourglass). With the constant visuals, people are driven to go to unhealthy lengths to achieve the “perfect shape.”
Diet pills, waist trainers, excessive working out, all types of implants, fat removal, etc, are some things that people are doing and some of the people affected the most by it are celebrities. Due to the constant pressure that comes with being in the public eye, they are held to unrelenting standards.
Most recently, singer K. Michelle shared her big physical change with her Instagram followers. The singer had a butt reduction stating that “sometimes less is more.” After years of parading around the vixen-esque physique that’s so often expected nowadays, she decided to be true to herself and her desires.
Many women face the constant strain to look like they belong in the page of a magazine or to be the seductress in a music video, but men also face pressure as well. Long gone are the days where men are exempt to what they look like. The ideal body top for men is often an extreme athletic build that logs in many hours at the gym and no less than an 8-pack chiseled stomach. Not too long ago, Vin Diesel was fat-shamed by many critics for his physical appearance. He is just one of many who feel the unrealistic wrath of a very unforgiving society when one does not fit the status quo.
Though the issue of body image may continue to be a hot button topic within the industry and world, we are slowly moving into a place where people are beginning to be more accepting of others and themselves. People are beginning to create and live by their own standard of beauty thus integrating a healthy expectation and visual aesthetic for society and generations to come!