Los Angeles-based fitness instructor Cassey Ho used Photoshop to show how body ideals have changed throughout the ages. Ho shared the results on her blog and posted it to Instagram and Twitter to show her followers the pitfalls of chasing after the so-called “perfect body.”
In her blog post, she says:
“If I had the ‘perfect’ body throughout history, this is what I’d look like.”
She includes photos altered to reflect various decades’ trends, along with summaries.
“Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting ‘belfies’. 🍑 Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%.”
“Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. 👙 It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest.”
“THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: ‘heroin chic’.”
“The hourglass shape is in. ⏳ Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade.”
“Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses.
“The Italian Renaissance – Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin.”
Ho sums up the blog post, saying:
“My question to all of us women is this: Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion?
“‘Boobs are out! Butts are in!’ Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing out your body like it’s fast fashion.
“Please treat your body with love & respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body. Please share this blog post or my Instagram post with as many women as you can. Let’s get this message out.”
People got the message.
Lesson here? Every woman should embrace her body and be happy in her skin since standards keep changing. Be healthy, LIVE, and love.
— Xiangyun Zhang (@NinjaXiangyun) November 27, 2018
It's interesting to me to see those all next to one another, because they all seemed beautiful to me.
— Hot Coco☕️ (@colettebennett) November 28, 2018
I love it. Nice touch the detail of the pics behind 👌
— StayStrong & HoldOn♥ (@MrsJFairyJonas) November 27, 2018
It's worth mentioning I appreciate the effort and thought you put in to this. All that matters is that you feel comfortable in your body, no matter what the current bleeping beauty standard is. 🧡
— Letter Lijk | 文字通り (@Letter_Lijk) November 27, 2018
Love that you included the art in the background for your point!
— Crystal Alyce Sipp (@CrystalSipp) November 27, 2018
Thanks for sharing!!
— Babycakes Xxx (@BertieG_ermany) November 28, 2018
This was very interesting and eye-opening! Thanks!
— H.N. Simpson | Tomboyhns Pro. (@Tomboyhns) November 27, 2018
A good message for us all to embrace.