Hej kompisar! Idag är det dags att ta upp nästa väldigt viktiga ämne som sommarbloggare för rädda barnen. Dagens inlägg handlar om skönhetsideal, självförtroende och att vända på kakan. Ni kan läsa det på svenska HÄR, nedan följer en översättning för mina utländska läsare.
Hi guys! It’s time to write about another important subject as a guest blogger for the Swededish Save The Children. You can read the original post HERE, but since it’s on swedish I’ve traslated it for you here:
Today’s beauty ideals are something that provokes many of us and unconsciously influences even more.
We often hear complaints about the underweight models whose spreading low self-esteem from their flood-lighted podiums, also known as the catwalks. How hard it is for someone with curves to accept their body shape because of the beauty ideals. How we young girls are starving ourselves to reach the pin-thin perfection in the magazine’s fashion editorials.
I would like you to look at this problem from another point of view. It’s not always just about losing weight. You can hear complaints about skinny people everywhere, whether they are bad role models or weak persons who have fallen for the sick ideals. Believe it or not, but many of us thin persons really haven’t chosen it ourselves. We are also affected by the beauty ideals, but instead of trying to lose weight we are cursing our boyish body shapes and stooly legs, longing to get hips and butt. And it’s just as hard hearing that you are too thin as hearing you are too fat.
Sometimes people tell me I’m spreading these sick ideals when I show pictures of myself in short shorts or a cropped top. I am very conscious of how I look but I do not understand the point of trying to hide it. I’m definitely skinnier than the average, because of my scoliosis, I have various big hips and I’m at least an inch longer than most of my friends. But you know what, I like it!
We humans are all built differently and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s not about hiding away all individuals with a certain body shape just to avoid that they will contribute to some sort of twisted ideals. It’s about being happy with how you look, and you should rather show yourself than to hiding. It’s important that everyone realizes that there are infinitely different body types. It’s just as okay to be pear-shaped or hourglass-shaped as to have as much curves as an asparagus. Of course it’s sick and wrong that one body type is clearly over-represented in magazines, commercials, fashion shows and so on. But it is important to distinguish between image and reality. Look around you, in reality all sorts of people exist! Only you can decide to not be influenced by the media pretend-world of perfectly thin, curvy, big -eyed, long-legged models.
Therefore, I refuse to hide my body shape or change it (other than by health reasons), and I think that everyone else should do too. We humans come in different variations and none of them are too ugly to be presented. It may sound very cliché, but a confident and healthy person is a very beautiful human being, regardless of what waist size she or he has.