Last week, Greatist published an intriguing, in-depth story that sought to highlight “how much the ‘perfect’ female body has changed in 100 years.”
What they found: American beauty standards tend to change, and they change pretty often and pretty drastically.
The conclusion: body ideals portrayed in popular culture are basically just trends. They come and go like seasons, and maybe more importantly, we’re wasting our time and energy trying to get abs like Gisele Bundchen’s, arms like Jennifer Aniston’s, and a butt like Kim Kardashian’s.
It’s only human nature that we tend to compare ourselves to others—especially celebrities—but Greatist’s timeline reveals why it’s pretty much pointless.
“A body type isn’t a trendy accessory. You can’t spot one deemed ‘on trend’ in a magazine and go buy it on NET-A-PORTER,” Adjua Fisher wrote in her analysis of the story in Philly Mag. “You’re born with your body, whatever it is: short, tall, big boobs, tiny waist, and the list goes on and on.”
She goes on to explain that sure, you can hire a personal trainer or even opt for plastic surgery, but at the end of the day, “your body is your body.”
As a society, we need to better embrace this concept. So instead of comparing your booty to Beyoncé’s or any of your other physical attributes to any other “it” girl's, shift your focus towards learning to appreciate the body you were born with.
Aim to build the best version of yourself, not someone else.