Posts Tagged ‘self image’

It’s All About the Shape Not the Size!

May 22, 2008

Ever had one of those days when you really wanted to buy something for yourself BUT after trying on rack after rack of clothes, nothing just seemed to fit right?  And the next thought that struck you was, “I really need to lose weight” 

Well, I have good news for you! Maybe you don’t have to lose any weight at all. Maybe it’s all about the shape and not the size! What exactly do I mean? That’s precisely why you have to read on – to find out! 🙂

In February of this year (2008), a Spanish research study was conducted on women’s body shapes and sizes! And, *drumrolls* the study revealed that the reason why so many women (40% of the women studied) are facing problems finding clothes that look good on them is that thus far, only the cylindrical body shape has been represented widely in the fashion industry. Doesn’t it make sense now that models, most of whom possess the cylindrical body shape, always look so good in almost everything?

So, what exactly is this cylindrical body shape that I’m talking about?  To get an idea about what exactly it is, all you have to do is to look at the image below! Presenting… Twiggy Lawson, the model who started the skinny trend in an era when curves were appreciated and celebrated! Her straight-down body shape is precisely what the study has referred to as the “cylindrical body shape”. And, no, don’t misunderstand – A cylindrical body shape does not have to be skinny. It’s a body shape not size across all sizes!

Unfortunately, the cylindrical body shape is only one of three body shapes that are prevalent among women, young and old. The two other body shapes identified by the study are the pear shape and the hour glass! Below is a pie chart on the proportion of women with each of the three main body shapes!

Next up are several charts on the proportion of women in each age group with each body shape!

12 – 18 years 

 

19 – 30 years

31 – 40 years

41 – 50 years

51 – 60 years

So, next time you start blaming your weight for not finding a blouse or skirt that fits, stop and think again. Because perhaps, “It’s all about the shape not the size”! And, that’s exactly what the fashion industry is gradually beginning to realize. It’s time – time they started accomodating other body shapes or face losing a sizeable market. What that means for us is that someday, hopefully, we’ll all have less problems finding something that fits nicely! 🙂

For more details about this study, you can access the full report here. But be forewarned that it’s all in Spanish! 🙂

 

Not Here by Coincidence

May 8, 2008

Hey dear readers and friends! 

Firstly, a big warm welcome and it’s so nice having you over!

No, I don’t think any one of us is here by coincidence – perhaps we’ve been lamenting at society’s preoccupation with appearances for some time; perhaps we’re just so tired of the whole “survival of the most beautiful” game; perhaps we have our own self esteem struggles and stories to share; perhaps we’re just curious about the different perceptions of beauty across cultures; perhaps a loved one so dear to us is battling with self image and self worth issues; or perhaps we’re simply looking for people with similar struggles so we know that we’re never alone. Whatever our reasons may be – no, we’re not here by coincidence.

Neither have I started this blog by chance. Growing up, self esteem was something I constantly struggled with. Not only was I of mixed heritage and therefore “strange looking” compared to my peers, having lived in various parts of the world, the conflicting expectations and perceptions of beauty in different cultures confused and plagued me. I soon realized though that I was not alone in these struggles. That we all face them at one point of time or another. It’s the kind of experience that we know everybody has faced but not many are willing to talk about.

This blog is not just part of a healing process for me, but it’s also my attempt to use my experiences to make a difference in a small but meaningful way. It is my hope that this site will be a voice for many and at the end of the day, we will not only support and encourage each other, but we will also learn and grow together through the sharing of experiences and stories.

I will be updating this blog regularly with interesting articles on the different perceptions of beauty across cultures, my own personal anecdotes and stories, tips from self help books and authors on how to love ourselves more, and more stories on campaigns and initiatives around the world to spread healthier notions of beauty and sexuality!

So, what’re you waiting for? Subscribe today! And you’ll never be left out! Any new stories or words of encouragement and you’ll be the first to know! Comment away on any of the posts, join the conversation and be part of this community today! May we all grow, learn and inspire together! 🙂