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Thigh a little harder – straining to look good

Thigh a little harder – straining to look good

| On 20, Feb 2015

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The ideal woman’s figure has ballooned and deflated through the centuries expanding from slender, high-waist Egyptian elegance to the Victorian and Renaissance full ripeness and back again to the Flapper’s boyish shapelessness. Through the ages, the desired female body shape has been padded and sculpted to suit the prevailing norms of beauty, but now with the easy availability of cosmetic surgery, the ideal has entered a whole new unnatural territory.

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ANGELINE NG notes that the “perfect” body now is all about full breasts and butt, flat stomach and the “thigh gap”. But how healthy is this?

A video titled Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History” uploaded on 26 January (http://bzfd.it/1A8sg6s) takes us through the figures of late, culminating in the current version of “perfection”.

To achieve the ideal requires plastic surgery. This is especially the case when it comes to the “thigh gap”, much desired by teenage girls and adult women alike.

Images: Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History

Renaissance

figure Renaissance

Roaring 20s

figure Flapper

1980s Supermodel

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With the onslaught of trending social media pressure, such as #thighgap phenomenon on Instagram and the bikini bridge Internet hoax, many women are trying to gain the “thigh gap”.

Unfortunately, according to Women’s Health, this is nearly impossible as very few women are born with such a body. This leads to the have-nots starving and over-exercising.

Cosmopolitan writer, Kendra Alvey, says this has to stop. She cites a study that highlights how 12 to 19 year-old girls have developed negative body image and eating disorders.

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As a healthy example, she mentions plus-size model Robyn Lawley who is not bothered by her lack of the fussed-over “thigh gap”. In fact, the gorgeous big-girl loves her food, has a cookbook, and unashamedly shares this message on http://robynlawleyeats.tumblr.com/

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Just as there’s no free-size or one-size-fits-all garment – watch www.youtube.com/watch?v=OapuLyWTvjQ, we need to accept our genetic makeup and the uniqueness of our bodies. Why should we be clones of some imaginary ideal?

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