Welcome back guys! Sorry for the week long gap, sometimes you go out of town and forget your laptop at home (oops) so I moved this post back a week.
This post is looking at the body positivity world today and in the future. This is the last post for this blog series, and I hope you enjoyed them, and learned a thing or two as well.
The modeling industry
Ashley Grahm recently broke the barrier as a plus sized model. She is considered plus size, and has landed many campaigns and adverts. Some of these being Lane Bryant, Sports Illustrated, and many more. Winnie Harlow is another example of an unconventional looking model. She has a skin condition called vitiligo. Vitiligo causes loss of skin color, in blotches, all over the face and body. Harlow was told she would never model, but she has become a huge successes. She made it onto the very popular show Americas Next Top Model, she has landed many high end campaigns, walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and has become a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Models of all body types and looks are being used by companies such as Aerie and Dove. Target, an American superstore, uses kids with different disabilities and who are in wheel chairs. The modeling world has changed due to the body positivity, and many people are loving it.
Body positivity and men
The rise of YouTube has given many a platform to share their lives and talents. Something I have yet to discuss is body positivity in men. Men such as James Charles and Patrick Starr are renounced makeup artists because of YouTube. They work with high end companies such as Mac and Morphie. They have their own makeup lines and are very respected in their work. Today it is not seen as weird to watch a hair or makeup tutorial by a man, or go into a hair or nail salon and get served by a man.
There are men, just as there are women, that are taking to social media to promote body positivity. Some being Zach Miko, Kelvin Davis, and Troy Solomon. These men have become social influencers, as well and role models for many men. They use social media to promote confidence, positive body image, and showing men it’s okay to be body positive. The standards have simply changed. This is due to the works of the body positivity movement. People are simply accepted today, now more than ever.
Where else has the movement gone?
An article by Shape Magazine interviewed influencers in the body positivity industry. One person being interviewed said this:
“Accomplishments like brands banishing Photoshop, TV shows casting a wider range of body types, and magazines vowing to stop splashing weight-loss promises on their front covers are small changes in the grand scheme of things, but hopefully are also signs of bigger changes to come,” she says.”
Brands are pushing for acceptance and body positivity throughout the world. This encourages men and women all over to be more body positive.
Theses accomplishments are due to the works of those before us. The people and movements I have been going over these past few weeks. This all wouldn’t be possible without the hard work from the women in the 1800s to the people pioneering the way today.
So what does the future look like?
I cannot obviously make any claims for certain, but I think the future is bright in the body positivity world. We now live in a world where acceptance is encouraged. It is not cool anymore to make fun of people for the way they look, or the way they are.
So, the digital impact
The digital impact on this movement has been huge. From the 1900s and the spread of news in newspapers, radio, and tv. To the early 2000s where body image was all over television, and the rise of photo sharing apps. To today, the worlds biggest influencers and role models do so on social media. The digital impact on this movement has been large, and very prominent.
The rise of photo sharing apps has influenced the body positivity world tremendously. A study by a few scholars discussed the direct affect of manipulated instagram photos on young girls. The affects are, as predicted, negative. Being able to alter any photo you want and post it as “you” has a mental effect. This has been the cause of many issues regarding body positivity throughout the years.
Aside from photo sharing, I think the digital impact has been positive. Everyone has access to a platform, and can use their platform however they want. The world has become more positive and accepting to people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds.
Aside from social media the digital impact has been widespread. Due to digital media people are all over everyones screens. People can’t go one day without seeing an advert, or a model, or a post about body positivity. Digital media has also played a huge role in the demand for change, and the shift in body positivity.
Thanks for reading!