How Simple Words Can Ruin Body Positivity
Updated: May 21, 2020
High-end designers are undoubtedly talented. But why are they still narrow-minded in 2019?
Cardi B completely stole the Met Gala this year showing up in an oxblood, Thom Browne gown. She looked most stunning (in my opinion) with a headpiece and feathers all connected to her piece.
The skilled designer, Thom Browne, said that he wanted to focus on the "female form" as inspiration for his creation. In an interview with Vogue, he said that Cardi has the "ultimate beauty in a woman's body, and this is what the dress does for me: taking advantage of that beauty." Why is no one talking about this?
There is NO doubt that Cardi is beautiful. I am in no way, shape, or form trying to hate on her. Y'all know I am a huge fan. But for Browne to say that she has the "ultimate beauty in a woman's body"just reinforces the societal ideals that have caused women everywhere to feel inadequate. Cardi has a flat stomach, big boobs, and a big butt. This is the "ideal" body type that has been created by the male gaze. There's nothing wrong with having this type of body, but when it's seen as the "ultimate" example of beauty," that's when the issue starts.
For decades, fashion designers have forced pressuring ideas of how women should look. The different body types acceptable over the years have changed drastically. This shows how ideas and opinions are fickle, and a woman's worth should not be based off of public or private opinion.
Since the beginning of time, women have been objectified in a world (literally) where they were seen as trophies. This hasn't changed much, it just looks different because our society is modern. Yes, women aren't forced to stay at home and cook, but the patriarchy still lives on in many different aspects.
So, my friends, please stay WOKE, love yourself, and know that the specific "ultimate beauty" body type doesn't exist. Widely held beliefs are not valid. Your value comes from the Creator, not the creation.