More than ever now, the media has shaped and molded unrealistic ideas about what the average women should look like. Society has deemed women to be beautiful when they possess a busty chest, flat tummy, thin waistline, and what society calls a “thick” ass. In order to obtain these body proportions, females are turning to body shapewear. Shapewear products can range from Spanx to corsets, all the way to full body suits that flatten the stomach, clinch the upper thighs, and shapes the buttocks.
Model, Khrysty Ana has decided to make a body positive post and statement on Instagram to shed light on the ugly truths about shapewear products. In the Instagram post, the model decided to post a series of photographs of herself after a day of her wearing shapewear. KhrystyAna beautifully and boldly writes, “Do you really want to stop your blood circulation now with those tight shapes to become media’s dream?…on one of the images see my BLUE legs, poor babies from wearing a shaper for few hours. How do you like the reality of impeded blood circulation, infertility, digestive problems, nerve damage, and more? She goes on to say “please take the responsibility of what you poor lovely body will potentially experience. I ask for awareness only.”
It’s imperative for women to know the truth about the harm they could potentially inflict on themselves by simply conforming to wearing shapewear. Body shaping advertisements have become notorious for glorifying the benefits of wearing shapewear, but fail to inform individuals of the dangers. Fashom decided it was too important to not inform our readers. We encourage everyone to embrace and love themselves.
Choose HEALTH over idealistic body physiques and remember that you are #BetterAsIAm!
Written by Fashom’s Stylist and Marketing/PR intern, Darean Derae Rhodes.
As the weather heats up, everyone is ready to cool off at a pool or a beach in their favorite swimwear. For many girls and women shopping for a swimwear can be a daunting task. Young mom, Brittney Johnson and her daughter turned swimsuit shopping into a body positive lesson for us all.
“And then I snapped this one. See that sweet baby girl in the corner? With half a dress on and one of the bikini tops, I had picked out? I stopped for a second to see what she would say and when she turned to the mirror, she said “Wow I just love cheetah print! I think I look beautiful! Do you think I look beautiful too?!”..when it hit me that she only says what she hears. What she sees. I tell her that she is beautiful every single day. She is kind walking through the mall because I tell her she is kind everywhere else. She is polite at the order counter because she hears me when I’m polite to strangers everywhere. She gives compliments to people she doesn’t know because she loves how it feels when she hears them… And when we are in a dressing room, with swimsuits of all God forsaken things, there is a split moment when I have the power to say “wow I have really gotten fat this year” OR “wow I love this coral color on me!” And those are the words burned into my daughter’s brain.
When it comes to manners, be an example.
When it comes to kindness, be an example.
And when it comes to body image, be an example. I am not a size zero. I never will be. I have big thighs and a huge rump and for some reason the middle of my body gets more tan than the rest? But this body made a whole other body. I am strong. I am able. And I am happy. I don’t have to be beautiful like you, because I am beautiful like me. And as my daughter gets older, and she faces judgement and criticism, I will always remind her that the girls who look the prettiest in a two piece, or a body suit, or a freaking Snuggie, are the ones who are happy. Because that’s ALL that matters. And I want her to look at herself every single day and say “Oh wow! I think I look beautiful!” because EVERY girl deserves to feel that.”
What an amazing message from such a young girl. Let’s all encourage our daughters to be respectful & love their bodies.
One of the Internets finest aspects is the way it allows people around the world to share their stories and connect with individuals of all types of backgrounds. Body and mental health advocate, Kate Speer uses Instagram to posts about her life and how she’s overcoming her daily struggles. Recently, Kate posted a video of herself jumping and dancing without limitations in her living room. Kate stated that she was doing #JiggleForJoy and before she knew it, her vivacious video went viral.
“Your midday reminder that YOU – just as you are – are FABULOUS! I’ve been struggling with my beautiful body this week and note, I know I have a thin-privileged, able-privileged, beautiful bod even if I can’t always feel it be so,” Kate wrote at the beginning of her post. She goes on to state that she is “doing the #JiggleForJoy” and “gosh darnit ED, you aren’t going to stop” her.
Kate or Positvely.Kate, as she’s known on Instagram, admits to deleting her #JiggleForJoy video seven times before she felt comfortable permanently leaving the video up for the world to see. Her decision to ultimately keep the Instagram video posted was for the video serve as a positive reminder to all her followers that their bodies are “perfect, whole, and beautiful”.
Kate Speer, you have a beautiful soul. Ladies and gentlemen, remember you are #BettrAsIAm.