If you don't like hollywood's brand of beauty, don't buy it
It is absolutely true that television and movies love to use women with one or two particular body types to play their leading roles: curvy bust and hips with skinny legs and a flat stomach. If a leading lady is beautiful but doesn’t have much of a bust, then she must be long, tall and very, very slender.
Lots of women complain about this unattainable “standard” of beauty. I see Facebook memes all the time that claim that “society” has put undue stress on women to look a certain way. The Beyonce song says, “If I were a boy, even just for a day, I’d roll out of bed in the morning and put on what I wanted and go,” implying that we are pressured to fulfill an expectation that we wish to resist but can’t.
We need to stop playing the victims in this narrative. Every single one of us has access to so many examples of admirable women who do not fit the Hollywood version of beauty. There are YouTube fitness professionals, mountain biking pros, authors, doctors, lawyers, politicians, etc. that all have their own platforms. We can access those as quickly and easily as we can Hollywood and Instagram stars. We can curate the media we consume and the people we choose to be influenced by. We are living in a time in which we have more control than ever over what “society” tells us.
So, if you don’t like the brand of beauty that Hollywood is selling, then don’t buy it. Go on YouTube, find a woman with whom you relate. If Hollywood’s standards don’t bug you, then carry on as you were. The point is, you have so many options and power over your own choices. You just have to take charge and stop believing that you would feel better about yourself if Angelina Jolie just put on a few pounds for goodness sake.
The beautiful woman in these photos has built a career around fitness, which will be very obvious when you look at her pictures. We had a chat about the importance of representing strong female body types in the fitness world, which can be very focused on “slim” rather than “fit”. As a person who will never be “willowy”, I am grateful for people like J! Check out her website at: https://www.