Body positivity: history, essence and 10 main rules
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  • 10 rules of body positivity

The history of body positivity began around the 2000s. This was preceded by the nineties, when the beauty standards of glossy magazines introduced thousands of women and men into a state of stress, arguing that only losing weight can save everyone from the problems of loneliness, and extra pounds can destroy even the strongest relationships.

There were mental disorders, anorexia and bulimia, models from malnutrition fainted right on the catwalks. The current of body positivity proved that much in this world was illusory and dubious.

The digital age made a big contribution to this: ordinary girls and women began to maintain their pages on the network. Fashion has become more relaxed, more comfortable and free, and many brands have decided to add the plus size line to the size range, because the most common modern sizes are not XS or S at all. This general relaxation, picked up on the Internet, became a trend and got the name ” body positivity.”

Wikipedia says that “body positivity is a movement aimed at accepting one’s own body and destroying society’s stereotypes in relation to those people whose appearance differs from the generally accepted standard.” Accusations of feminism have fallen upon the followers of body positivity, but this is not so: it has simply become difficult for women to keep themselves under constant control. After all, you can enjoy life with any figure and in any weight.

Much of what used to be shy, body positivity proclaimed attractive and sexy: natural beauty without makeup, freckles, a hooked nose or a gap between the front teeth. Girls stopped complexing because of glasses, braces and large feet.

Pumped up lips and contouring have become irritating, and plastic surgeons are increasingly offering clients to preserve the natural mimic wrinkles around the eyes, making only the oval of the face ideal to look beautiful, but natural.

Body positivity, in simple words, is not the imposition of new standards of beauty, but the recognition of natural attractiveness. It is especially important to draw the attention of teenagers to this, because barbs and insults about appearance greatly affect self-esteem.

Every little thing affects, many lack the courage and support to prove themselves. Fortunately, the situation is changing, and two of the most influential industries, fashion and media, are supporting body positivity.

Brands and designers have embraced the new wave, and now plus size sizes are in every collection. They did a lot to popularize the movement and the plus size model: they kept and keep pages on Instagram *, are shot for the covers of glossy magazines, create their own clothing collections, continuing to call on all women in the world to love their bodies. The main thing is that the outfit reflects the internal state.

plus size model Ashley Graham became one of the “Women of the Year” according to Glamor magazine and released a “body-positive” Barbie doll, for which she became the prototype. She even offered to depict cellulite on the doll, but the manufacturer considered that it would look like a manufacturing defect.

Body positivity: history, essence and 10 main rules
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The model releases a sexy lingerie line specifically for owners of curvaceous and large breasts. Even in the Pirelli calendar in 2015, there was a photo of Candice Huffine, who became the first plus size model in its history.

The essence of body positivity is self-acceptance, development and evolution, and many people have already understood that an ideal body is not a guarantee of a happy life. Body positivity helped them love themselves and, most importantly, stop judging others. All people are beautiful in their own way. Let’s enjoy this beauty, appreciate life and try to be positive, albeit with the prefix “body”!

  1. Find 10 qualities in yourself that you love (regardless of how much you weigh or how you look). Always remember them.
  2. Remind yourself that true beauty is the beauty of the spirit, not the beauty of the body.
  3. Don’t focus on specific parts of the body.
  4. Surround yourself with positive people.
  5. Wear nice and comfortable clothes that make you feel good.
  6. Become a spectator-critic in relation to gloss and cinema, divide in two all the information and the imposed sexuality of the images.
  7. Do something nice for yourself regularly so that your body “understands” how much you appreciate it.
  8. Spend time on diets and counting calories on something really important and necessary.
  9. Use good cosmetics, buy quality products, go to nature more often.
  10. Understand that this body is yours, it is the only one that will be with you all your life.


By Yara

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