By now, you have likely heard some of the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s more unsavory comments. Since beginning his campaign, his cruel comments–both new and old–have continually been put under scrutiny. Besides disgusting behavior with beauty pageant contestants, Trump’s fat shaming comments on his reality show The Apprentice have also been called into question. Most recently, negative comments he made about Khloé Kardashian off-camera were brought up with the media, reigniting some of the debate surrounding both him and his show.
Short. Frumpy. Disgusting. These are all words women used to describe their bodies to Taryn Brumfitt, the founder of the Body Positive Movement. Brumfitt is no stranger to being unhappy with her body, having struggled with self-acceptance herself for many years before finally learning to love her body at a healthy and beautiful size 12. But, other women still struggle, and Brumfitt wanted to do something about it, so the Embrace documentary was born.
When Netflix first premiered their hit show Orange is the New Black in 2013, the world went crazy, in large part due to the character casting. Not only does the show feature a number of characters of color, but the characters also represent an array of sexual preferences and gender identities. But, the boundary-breaking does not end on screen for most of these actresses—recently Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, has been deemed the “Voice of Curves”, thanks to her empowering words and pictures.
This year, it seems like body shaming is something that cannot be escaped; it has come from every source imaginable, even presidential debates. At the same time, however, the fashion industry has been taking steps to combat all of this negativity by creating countless body positive campaigns. From JCPenney’s #HereIAm to Lane Bryant’s empowering campaigns, brands are slowly trying to change the way they look at women’s’ bodies. Even Fashion Week has seen a change this year, with a number of brands introducing a more diverse line-up of women.
Donald Trump is a divisive character. There are loads of people who love him and what he says, but there are just as many who hate him and disagree completely with his beliefs and policies. But, there’s one thing in particular that most of his opponents dislike, and that is his tendency to make fun of people, in particular fat shaming.
This year has led to a massive growth in the body positivity movement. Every week, there seems to be new additions to the movement, encouraging people to stop the cycle of body shaming. The most recent campaign is called the All Woman Project, which was created by British model Charli Howard and body positive model and blogger Clémentine Desseaux who were tired of the laack of diversity in models featured in advertisements, magazines, and fashion shows.
Body shaming has become more prevalent in our society. Not long ago, Playboy Playmate posted a photo on Snapchat of a naked elderly woman at the gym and made fun of her body. The playmate was fired from her job and will face criminal charges as well. Now, Children are also not immune to this horrible act.
This year, the unfortunate trend of body shaming seems to have taken over the Internet. Innocent women are constantly being targeted just because they do not fit the impossible standards society has set. But, now women across the world are striking back with some new body positivity trends appearing all the time. Most recently, these have included mermaid thighs and #ThighsForJeaux.
While many countries seem to have fairly strict beauty standards, there may be none as strict as South Korea. If you are not rail-thin you are seen as fat, even if you are just a few pounds heavier. But, Vivan Geeyang Kim, a South Korean plus-size model is looking to challenge the beauty standard and show her country—and everyone—that every size is beautiful.
We constantly talk about how bad it is to fat or body shame people; how much it hurts the people who it is targeted at, how it can make body love feel impossible. But while we often point out the strangers who do fat shaming, we fail to recognize the other parties that can do it too: ourselves. Whether you want to believe it or not, it is true. We can body shame ourselves just as easily as a stranger can—and it is a trend that needs to end.