Here at EGL we are all about body positivity so we can’t help but love the hashtag that supports this movement.

Simone Mariposa is the 23-year-old plus size model and blogger that is responsible for creating the very relevant hashtag, #WeWearWhatWeWant. No matter how much we try to deny it, our society is obsessed with image and having the “perfect” body. But what is the “perfect” body and who decides what it looks like? Simone took things into her own hands by creating this hashtag that can be found on every social media platform. Ever since she typed those seventeen characters, women around the world have joined in to transform body shaming into body confidence.

My body. My wardrobe. My choice. Dress: @rebdolls #WeWearWhatWeWant

A photo posted by snap|simoneswagmami 🌺🌻👑🦋 (@simonemariposa) on

 

In no part of this world would this outfit or these pictures be considered "flattering". My legs peppered with cellulite, my big arms exposed, my silhouette clung to, the rolls of my side are visible, and the biggest crime of all, my belly outline is visible!!! We have been taught that everything we wear must somehow showcase our body in such a way that meets some sort of "curvy in the right places", smooth, and firm ideal. That if somehow our bodies look and feel free or different that they do not deserve to be seen. That the real us is too much, that it's not beautiful. And I wish I could just come out and say, well FUCK FLATTERING!!! And I mean it's true, but it's not that easy. We showcase our bodies in unrealistic ways. We photoshop them, we twist and contort them, we stuff them into glorified meat casings that makes us look like stuffed sausages. As if if we are smooth and shaped right we will somehow deserve to be taken seriously, to exist, to be valued, to be noticed. Well I don't know about you, but even as a stuffed sausage I'm still pretty darn big at over 300lbs. And omg now I'm just big and uncomfortable. And while there is nothing wrong with using shapwear, we also aren't obligated too. And honestly, while I still struggle with trying to smooth and shape my body and only seeing that as beautiful, I've also noticed that when a woman owns it, owns all her curves, even the ones that make her belly look like it has a crater in it, even the ones that dimple her legs, even the ones that roll down her back, I can't stop looking. Looking at her beauty. Admiring her uniqueness. Seeing the magnificent strength and power she radiates. I see the freedom and celebrate it. It's a lovely, breathtaking thing really. And I can't help but ask, why keep playing this game of stuffing and smoothing, maybe I'm missing out on some of the most magnificent beauty there is, being comfortable and free in my own skin. So as my friend and inspiration, @honorcurves constantly challenges us to do, I'll honor every single curve without shame today. #bodypositive #honormycurves #curves #curvy #vbo #bopo #effyourbeautystandards #louisville #takingupspace #nobs #bigandblunt

A photo posted by Melissa (@yourstruelymelly) on

 

 

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to revisit how body image has evolved over time.

In the 19th Century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted an image of the “ideal body image,” which looks to be the size of an average woman. However, the women in the painting would be considered plus size in today’s society. Why must thin always be in?

 

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Photo Credit: History Of Body Image In America: How The ‘Ideal’ Female And Male Body Has Changed Over Time Date Retrieved: August 4, 2016 URL: http://www.medicaldaily.com/history-body-image-america-how-ideal-female-and-male-body-has-changed-over-time-360492

It is very evident that women have been made to think that their body is everything and nothing else matters. That is also why we greatly appreciate Jenn Hand over at The Huffington Post who wrote “The 3 Things We Need to Teach Our Daughters About Body Image.”

Those three things are…

  1. She’s more than her body.
  1. A good life is more important than a good body.
  1. Society doesn’t get to define how she should look.

There was a time when skinny women in the 60s were shamed for being thin as well. They were told that the only way they could get a man was to add on some pounds.

It’s almost as if you cannot win no matter what size you are, but we believe that you should slay everyday whether you are curvy, skinny, short, tall or petite.

Photo Credit: History Of Body Image In America: How The ‘Ideal’ Female And Male Body Has Changed Over Time Date Retrieved: August 4, 2016 URL: http://www.medicaldaily.com/history-body-image-america-how-ideal-female-and-male-body-has-changed-over-time-360492
Photo Credit: History Of Body Image In America: How The ‘Ideal’ Female And Male Body Has Changed Over Time Date Retrieved: August 4, 2016 URL: http://www.medicaldaily.com/history-body-image-america-how-ideal-female-and-male-body-has-changed-over-time-360492

Marilyn Monroe will always be an idol for many women because her body wasn’t perfect, but she was perfect in her own skin. Beauty should not be defined by one’s size; happy girls are the prettiest girls. Weight anxiety exists in every woman and while it is universal, it is also unhealthy. Let’s be very real with ourselves – that Victoria’s Secret model and Barbie-like image is unrealistic, so let’s not allow the media and fashion world to dictate what is acceptable when it comes to our bodies. We make our own rules!

Photo Credit: History Of Body Image In America: How The ‘Ideal’ Female And Male Body Has Changed Over Time Date Retrieved: August 4, 2016 URL: http://www.medicaldaily.com/history-body-image-america-how-ideal-female-and-male-body-has-changed-over-time-360492
Photo Credit: History Of Body Image In America: How The ‘Ideal’ Female And Male Body Has Changed Over Time Date Retrieved: August 4, 2016 URL: http://www.medicaldaily.com/history-body-image-america-how-ideal-female-and-male-body-has-changed-over-time-360492

In more recent years, plus-size models and bloggers have pushed back against the world’s obsession with being thin or skinny and we couldn’t be happier about it. Bye-bye to glorifying impossible body standards and hello to a world where all sizes matter!

 

 

Written By: Joce Blake, Senior Fashion Editor

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