Monday June 24, 2019

The Facets Of Body Positivity That Needs To Be Addressed Actively

Society and media have made our bodies a taboo, but we need to rise above all the stereotyping and shaming

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Body positivity is all about loving, embracing and accepting our body. Pixabay
Body positivity is all about loving, embracing and accepting our body. Pixabay

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Body positivity is a beautiful and very empowering concept
  • However, it is slowly becoming constantly flawed because of stereotyping and shaming
  • Body positivity is a two-way street where we don’t need to tear down one body type to make the other feel better

Body Positivity is a beautiful concept.  It encourages one to feel confident in their own skin. It is all about celebrating ourselves and our body. Body positivity is all about loving and accepting our bodies as they are, ignoring whatever standards society tries to dump upon us.

Body Positivity is not only about feeling good about our own body type but also appreciating other body types as well. Pixabay
Body Positivity is not only about feeling good about our own body type but also appreciating other body types as well. Pixabay

But are we really going that way?

One may think, yes. The world is definitely becoming more accepting of all body types and skin colours, but at what cost? Most of the body positivity movements that public is aware of are the people who are on the ‘healthier side’ of the body-size spectrum. ‘Fat’ has almost become an insult. But what about the ‘Thin’?

Be it Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor, or any other mainstream artist who people like to listen to, they all have just one thing to tell – Big butts are in and ‘skinny bitches’ may go out.

Where does that leave the body positive movements? Isn’t it highly ironical that we put down one body type in order to empower the another?

Appreciating one body type is good, amazing even, but when one body type is getting empowered while putting the other down; that’s when we need to think about the hypocrisy that we indulge in.

Blaming skinny people for the discrimination which plus-sized individuals face is extremely irrational. Pixabay
Blaming skinny people for the discrimination which plus-sized individuals face is extremely irrational. Pixabay

Blaming skinny people for the fate of chubby people is not only irrational but also extremely ridiculous. There is no denying in the fact that thin people have the benefit of being perceived as more healthy and beautiful by the society throughout the years, but we need to understand that it is not the case anymore.

Plus-size individuals do need more encouragement and empowerment for all the stigma they have attached to themselves but doing it at the cost of self-esteem of other body types is certainly not the way to go.

To remove the stigma from one body type, do we really need to attach it to another body type?

If fat-shaming is brutally hurtful, the skinny-shaming hurts no less. We are disillusioned to a point where obesity has become a major concern whereas half the population is clueless about disorders like Anorexia.

We should work on our body for ourselves and not for the society and its irrational standards. Pixabay
We should work on our body for ourselves and not for the society and its irrational standards. Pixabay

Body positivity is slowly becoming a highly confounded concept where asking someone to lose weight is seen more as an insult than a health concern. And then the hypocrisy of the fact that asking someone to lose weight is insulting, whereas asking someone to eat more is not.

Curves are beautiful but that doesn’t mean skinny arms aren’t. The hypocrisy with which everyone sees body positivity needs to change. Also, we need to understand that body positivity is not gender specific.

If insulting a girl for her body is not fair, then insulting a boy for the same is just as unfair. Shaming a guy for being too thin while appreciating a girl of the same is where we are going wrong with body positivity as well as equality.

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Body positivity needs to be a two-way road. It is all about empowerment. However, the concept is getting lost and is becoming muddy water for many to understand.

The size of shirt or dress you wear doesn’t matter more than your own health. Eating what you like and when you like is absolutely okay as long as you’re healthy. Body positivity is all about embracing our bodies and being healthy. We don’t need to tear other body types down in order to feel good about ourselves.

Not all chubby people are cute and not all skinny people are attitude-ridden lads. It is high time we gave up stereotypes and learn to co-exist with others as well as ourselves.

Our body needs to be healthy and not of a particular size. Pixabay
Our body needs to be healthy and not of a particular size. Pixabay

Our body is much more than what exterior form, it is the home to our essence and being. It needs to be loved, admired, and most importantly accepted as it is. If we are to change anything in our body, it should be because we want to and not because we need to under the pressure of the society.

Society and media have made our bodies a taboo, but we need to rise above all the stereotyping and shaming. Body positivity is not just about physical health but also mental, psychological and spiritual health. Our bodies are our own and only thing which matters is its health along with our own.

  • Many would argue body positivity and health are 2 completely different subjects.

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Undergarment Essentials Every Woman Should Own

With the right underwear, you can pull off anything you wear quite graciously, so hurry up and stock up on these items.

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If you don't own a plunge bra already, buy one immediately. It's an amazing piece of innerwear.

The Must-Have Underwear

You may have no idea how a simple tank top can be transformed into a sexy outfit with the right underwear. Having the right underwear not only transforms how you look; it also helps keep your wardrobe simple.

You won’t have to buy unnecessary things to pull off an outfit.

Tee Shirt Bra

Tee shirt bras are among the most important underwear items to have. If you don’t have these bras already, it’s time to get them in nude and black.

These two colors will work with almost every color of tee you own. The no-line cups bra is smooth and perfect for wearing with tees and sweaters. It won’t cause visible bumps under plain tees.

It won’t be the fanYou love keeping your closet updated and full of essential and trendy outfits. You spend hours coming up with the perfect outfit to wear on a date or while out for a drink with your friends.

 

However, people often miss one simple yet important detail. It’s the underwear that makes the outfit work. Yes, you heard that right. A halter top or crop top often fails because you don’t have the proper base.

It’s just like doing makeup: you also need a perfect base layer to make an outfit work.

You can pull off just about any outfit with certain items in your underwear drawer. Ladies, let’s take a look at the essential underwear you must have, shall we?

ciest piece of clothing you have, but it will be the most breathable and comfortable. You will find yourself using it most often.

Strapless Bra

Although the pulling and lifting can get annoying, you have to admit a strapless bra is a must-have if you are dressing up for a special occasion. If it’s annoying, it’s because it’s not the right fit.

With strapless push-up bras, the fit is everything. Invest a bit more in a bra with good fabric and a good style, and the strapless won’t be so annoying anymore.

Keep in mind that you should also get a size smaller than usual when buying a strapless bra. You will definitely see the amazing transformation once you get a perfectly fitting one in your underwear drawer.

Plunge Bra

If you don’t own a plunge bra already, buy one immediately. It’s an amazing piece of innerwear. A plunge bra has a deep V-shaped neckline and a flattering fit.

If you own a V-neck dress or top, a plunge bra is a must. There’s no risk of exposure when you wear a low-cut top or a sheer piece of clothing, and no need for a stick-on to hold things in place. A plunge bra does the work.

Camisoles

Camisoles provide extra coverage under blouses and button-ups. You probably already have a camisole in your underwear drawer. They also work well with sheer tops.

A camisole gives you the flattering shape you want. If you have a low-cut blouse, wear a cami. It will give you the most appropriate look for work because it hides bra straps and any bumps or bulges.

Nude, white and black are the three must-have camisole colors, so stock up, ladies.

Convertible Bra

Wait…what??? A bra that converts? Yes, it does exist, and you must invest in this fine piece of clothing. It works well with almost any blouse or top, provided you have the best-fitting one for you.

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You will definitely see the amazing transformation once you get a perfectly fitting one in your underwear drawer. Pixabay

How does it work? The straps come off easily so you can use it as a strapless bra. It also has hooks you can attach to make it into a cross-body, one shoulder or racerback bra, depending on the clothing you choose to wear.

Shapewear

You can always rely on shapewear to smooth out the edges. No more zipper battles, ladies. Shapewear gives you an amazing outline when you wear your favorite dress.

It makes you feel confident so you don’t have to stress about the way you look. High-waisted slimming pants or an all-in-one body shaper will give you that amazing silhouette.

Shapewear gives coverage down to the knees, so you can wear that pencil skirt you’ve always wanted.

Cotton Briefs

Why cotton briefs? They’re practical, just as everyday briefs should be. 100% cotton briefs are super comfortable. That’s something the lacy, fancy silk ones can’t offer.

Buy cotton briefs in bulk. They’re pretty handy on hot summer days.

Sports Bra

It’s quite distracting if you have an ill-fitting bra. Many people work out, but even if you don’t, you should have a sports bra. It minimizes the bounce and gives you a flattened shape.

If you are planning to wear a crop top and looking for extra support, a sports bra is just the thing. You should have at least two of these bras in neutral colors.

Slips

A slip is something that comes in handy occasionally. You may have the prettiest skirt or dress, except you can see straight through it. Instead of changing the whole outfit, put on a slip.

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Nude, white and black are the three must-have camisole colors, so stock up, ladies. (faveable.com)

A black and a nude half slip are definitely needed add-ons to your wardrobe for these sheer occasions.

Tights

Tights go perfectly well with a flared dress or A-line skirts. You must have black and patterned tights in your drawer. You can get that killer look if you pair the tights with boots.

You can never go wrong with tights.

G-strings

These are for occasions when you need something that is barely there. They work well with pencil skirts or that black evening gown and give you that sexy feeling.

Buy a few comfortable G-strings. They sure do come in handy.

EndNote

Even the sexiest dress can fail if you don’t have the right layers underneath. If you go out of your way to have the perfect look, having these essential undergarments takes the stress out of getting dressed.

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With the right underwear, you can pull off anything you wear quite graciously, so hurry up and stock up on these items.

Author Bio:Angie Grey, an expert author from Faveable.com brings you all you need to know about fashion and grooming. She loves the outdoors and travels the world like a nomad.