Photo: Instagram @blogilates
The Kardashian family is, arguably, the collective royalty of social media and the ensuing onslaught of butt workouts, waist trainers, and detox teas promising to score Kim and Khloe's genetic hip-to-waist ratio is proof of just how potent their influence has been. Though curvy figures like theirs are now in vogue, they have not always been the "to-die-for" body type.
For the last few decades, the "ideal" female body has changed-like fashion trends-to reflect pop culture. And, although this is not the case, the fitness diva behind Blogilates,
To draw attention to just how ridiculous that is, Cassey Ho, the fitness diva behind Blogilates, recently taken to Instagram. In two photoshopped photos of herself, Ho morphs her body (with the help of some kind of editing app) to fit the ideal body standard of today and that of various times through history. "If I had the perfect body throughout history, this is what I'd look like," she wrote alongside the photos. (Related: See How a Bikini Competition Totally Changed Ho's Approach to Health and Fitness)
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". 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 most widely performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. It's the age of 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 looking at their curves, and are doing so by binding their chords with cloths. , 1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance – Looking at a large stomach, large hips, and 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 almost fashion. , Please treat your body with love and respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body. #blogilates #theperfectbody
How do you feel about this? with the 2010s era (aka right now). "Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in," she wrote. "There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting 'belfies.' Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58 percent. " Take it back a decade (to the mid-'90s and 2000s) and, "big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps" were in. (Related: This Habit You Learned Growing Up Can Seriously Measure With Your Body Image)
, Ho noted. "In 2010," she wrote.
The '90s, on the other hand, were all about being "thin," and "having angular bone structure," wrote Ho. Hop back a few more decades, and you'll notice the '50s were the age of the hourglass shape. "Elizabeth Taylor's 36-21-36 measurements were the ideal," she wrote. "Women were advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out." (See: Why Losing Weight Will Not Automatically Make You Happy)
Rewind to the '20s and, "appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure" What the trend. During this time, women were asked to sign their own sheets, " Finally, if you go back as far as the Italian Renaissance, Ho points out that "looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom," which is the status quo. "Being well, what a sign of wealth and status," she wrote. "Only the poor were thin." [Related: This Influencer Is Making An Important Point About Why You Should Not Trust Everything You See On Social Media.]
What has happened? fit the mold. But by breaking things down, hopes that women will realize that the pressure to conform is often unrealistic, not to mention unhealthy.
This is true, not only in relation to the decade you live in but so where you live. As we've previously reported, the "perfect body" ideal is actually different all around the world. While those women in Venezuela and Columbia are celebrating their curves and even prefer a body type that would be in the "overweight" BMI range.
The takeaway: Trying to fit an idealistic aesthetic is a loose-lose situation for women. [Check out these inspiring women who are redefining body standards.]
As Ho puts it: 'Why are we treating 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.
At the end of the day, regardless of what your body might look like, it's becoming more important to practice healthy habits and take care of the skin you're in. "Say your body with love and respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard," says Ho. "Embrace your body because it's your own perfect body."
No matter the time or place, self-love is always ~ in ~.