I never thought I would be writing a post like this but let me tell you – I couldn’t be happier to report that the standard of beauty is finally swinging back towards the curvy, full-bodied look that is more natural for most women. Unlike the stick thin models of yesterday, the voluptuous shape is what Hollywood wants to see. Celebs like Kim Kardashian, J-Lo and Beyonce have been major influencers in this new sexy body image taking over the media. Where the trend is hitting hardest is with magazine publishers. Many of the people behind the scenes of the hottest photo shoots are finding themselves adding curves and fuller faces to the stick thin models who are booked to do the shoots. In the past, it was the thinner the better but now it’s all about showcasing womanly curves in a sexy yet natural way.
Even though I am happy to see a more realistic and natural woman’s shape becoming the norm again, it’s a bit disconcerting to think that the covergirls on some of our favorite magazines are not actually as curvy as they appear. In the fickle world of modeling, chasing the body type of the moment is a constant chore for every single woman who steps in front of the camera. With the click of a mouse, a photo retoucher can add the right amount of hips, thighs, cleavage and a nice full face without the model ever having to eat a single calorie. This new method sends a dangerous message to the models of the world – you don’t have to become healthy to look healthy.
We have such a long way to go when it comes to how women’s beauty and bodies are portrayed in the media but this small step towards displaying curvy girls is definitely a step in the right direction.