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UPinion: Body Shapes Are Not Trendy: Let’s Talk About It.

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

By Marissa Rotolo

We are all familiar with beauty standards. They aren’t inclusive and they aren’t even accurate. In the 2000’s, it was the skinny waist with no curves. In the 2010’s, it was all about the curves without losing that perfectly flat stomach (AKA unattainable.) If you have that look, that’s great, and if you don't, you are still beautiful. Body shapes being trendy is dangerous, let’s talk about why.

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Recently, the 2000’s skinny has been circulating over the internet. Some of your Instagram faves are ditching their injections and opting to be as skinny as possible. The thing is, drastic body changes like that are done with money and surgery. Bodies aren’t like clothes where you can decide one body type is out of season and one is in. Bodies are genetic.

I'm a 20-year-old coming to terms with the fact that my body is no longer what it was when I was 16; and that is OK. What’s not OK is the notion that everyone in their 20’s should still be as skinny and youthful as they were at 16. We are told that we must meet standards that simply are not one size fits all.

Instead of holding on tightly to our past, we should embrace our bodies for what they have gotten us through.

This is not to be mistaken with going to the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is regarding the unhealthy expectation that bodies are an accessory. Fashion is meant to embellish and decorate your body, not change it entirely.

If fashion isn’t expressing yourself or if it’s making you feel bad, then it's not fashion. Some of the best trends of the 2020’s have been embracing your body and your natural features. Everyone has different backgrounds, different nationalities different genetics and different features. Embracing your individuality should never go out of style.

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