On my way back to Houston Sunday, I listened to a podcast by Fearless Rebelle Radio (quickly becoming a new favorite of mine!) and she spoke with actress/writer/mentor Caroline Haagen. Haagen is the author of “The F* It” diet. (Excuse my language…that’s really what it’s called.) Both ladies, Summer Innanen of Fearless Rebelle Radio and Caroline Haagen, spoke about the importance of a healthy body image. They mentioned ladies like Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling working toward expanding society’s view of beauty. I’m not going to summarize the podcast–you should really just listen to it– but I am going to talk about some of this year’s best and worst moments for body image. Get excited :)
BEST – Keira Knightley in Interview Magazine
“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters. That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are… I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame.”
WORST: Victoria’s Secret Perfect Body Campaign
Perhaps Victoria’s Secret thought they were getting away with something when they put “body” in quotes, but someone really dropped the ball with this campaign. Should we shame women for being naturally thin? Absolutely not. But come on, V.S., you must have known this wouldn’t end well. Which leads me to the next moment…
BEST: Dear Kate response to Victoria’s Secret campaign
Thank you, Dear Kate.
WORST: “Women Who Eat On Tubes” group on Facebook.
Huh? There’s a tumblr and a Facebook group that posts pictures of women eating on subways. LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE. I cannot wrap my mind around this one. If you go to the Facebook group, it claims that the group is observational and not judgmental. …So? First of all, I don’t believe that for one second. Second of all, LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE. Why on earth would anyone feel it’s okay to take pictures of someone simply because that person is both female and eating. Women have enough anxiety surrounding food. Absurd. I need to move on.
BEST or WORST?: Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”
So this song, at first listen, sounds like a nice song that encourages women to love their bodies at any size.
“I see the magazines workin’ that Photoshop/We know that shit ain’t real, C’mon now, make it stop/If you got beauty beauty, just raise ‘em up/Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top”
Great! But if you listen again or read more song lyrics, it sounds a little anti-thin and it’s a little too focused on why men should like “curvy” women better. Are we in competition to see which shape wins over the most men? Why does it have to be exclusively one or the other? So, I can see how some people would not be fans of the song. But with that said, I mostly enjoy the song and I’m sure Ms. Trainor had only the best intentions :)
BEST: Lily Myers “Shrinking Women”
Okay, so this one really happened in 2013, but it didn’t go viral until 2014. Lily Myers wrote a poem about her family and the expectations that women feel they must meet. I would like to say more, but you should take three short minutes to watch it :)
“…a fugitive stealing calories to which she does not feel entitled, deciding how many bites is too many, how much space she deserves to occupy.”
Question: Thoughts? Opinions? Criticisms? What do you think of some of these moments?