No Shame in Our Game

Written by Ali Seca on July 27, 2016

No Shame in Our Game

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Whether its Instagram, Facebook, Snaphat or traditional media types like television and advertisements, we’re consistently bombarded with images of we “should” look like. We worry that not fulfilling these beauty standards will cause us to be the target of someone else’s body shaming. That’s a lot of pressure for one person to handle. So just what is body shaming? It is a negative attitude towards someone’s weight or size. Why is this a problem? It’s proven that people who face body shaming are more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle choices, so it’s a full circle of negativity. Body shaming any body is not a good look for anybody.

It’s 2016, and things are changing— thin is not the only way to be. Celebs like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lawrence are paving the way and encouraging females to embrace all their curves. Women are pushing back on common beauty ideals and becoming more body positive. Plus-size model Ashley Graham is an advocate for bringing an end to body shaming. Breaking the mold, Graham stays slaying in her size 16 swimsuits and was the first plus-size woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

It’s not easy to ignore unrealistic beauty standards, but you’re not alone, we all struggle body issues. So what can you do to start living a more body positive lifestyle? Here we’ve outlined three ways to change your perspective:

  • Change your outlook: Stop being influenced by media telling you how you should look or focusing on Instagram models who make you feel about bad yourself – Be your own beautiful.
  • Deflect the body shamers. Gabourey Sidibe had the best clap back for the haters “To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK.”
  • Find things you like about your body and celebrate them. Work those thick thighs, embrace your fashion boobs and those hips don’t lie girl!

We each play a role in the culture that surrounds us. We are responsible for re-writing our beauty standards to accept all shapes and sizes. Thick is in. Thin is in. Every body is in. Honour and love your body.

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