Growing up in the 2000s, it felt as if everyone was trying to be an Abercrombie & fitch bag. Thin arms, flat bellies, and size 00 legs. You were super cool if your 00 pants were too big so they hung lose on your hips, showing more bones. And it seemed the only way to get this way was to eat low-fat yogurt and skim milk while sneaking some of your Mom's hydroxy-cut from the medicine cabinet. When I look back, I can remember my friends beginning to diet when we were only nine years old. Around the same time that we also became obsessed with going to outlet malls so we could afford a precious reject top with the prized moose label, but that's clearly not a coincidence...
(Abercrombie & Fitch Ad, 2005) http://www.buzzfeed.com/angelamv/13-celebs-you-did...
Things are different in 2015. The Strong Girl Revolution that has taken ahold of young girls.
It seems that somewhere in this chaotic media and internet crazed society, a new body image has taken complete control. After years of watching kids, yes boys and girls, fall into this heartbreaking hatred of themselves, people are changing. And I could not have a voice and go without saying, I love the Strong Girl craze.
Being beautiful is no longer about depriving your body of nutrients. It's about building yourself into a human capable of anything. Images of Ronda Rousey, Alex Morgan, Serena Williams, they have changed society. Women want to be strong and sexy and they do so by working out hard and eating well.
(Ronda Rousey, 2015)
(Serena Williams, 2015)
(Alex Morgan, 2015)http://www.taringa.net/posts/deportes/18731514/Yo-...
Honestly, I hope this stays forever. I do not want my baby sister, cousins, and eventually possibly my own daughter worrying about an ounce of fat. I want them to want to be confident, nourished, and STRONG. However their bodies are naturally built, they deserve to feel confident in their skin.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you look like a model. What does matter is that your body is happy. And that is the best thing about this mind-set. It doesn't matter if you are naturally thin or big, what matters is you can run, fight, play, and overall be healthy.
So thank you to whoever jump started this craze. Female athletes, Yogis, Runners, Lifters, and all Strong Women, thank you. Because nine year olds having chocolate milk and greek yogurt to take care of themselves after practice is so much better than what I grew up with.