In this modern society of filtered, sun soaked vistas, post gym workout selfies and effervescent culinary creations littered all over our Instagram feeds, reality has become something of an outmoded concept.
After all, what interest does the mundane, every day hold in the face of such luminosity? Now, arguably more than ever before, we are confronted with images of what our bodies “should” look like. Of course, this is nonsense. There is no one size fits all mould into which we can all be forcefully put, nor should there be; everyone’s body is different, and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, glossy magazines depicting flawless models, and Instagram shots of improbably well toned physiques do little to encourage such body confidence in those who might feel a little insecure about their own appearance. After all, how can anyone truly compete against the edited, filtered fiction of such images? Recently, a selection of online bloggers and personalities have been railing against this damaging reality, by pointing out that none of us normally looks quite as good as the version of ourselves we present online. Now, Hilary Duff appears to have joined the debate, after she shared a bathing suit photograph along with a powerful and important message. Sharing the photo on her own Instagram, Duff embraces her “flaws”, as she claims magazines and websites perceive them, and urges women everywhere to be proud of their bodies; “I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages. I’m enjoying a vacation with my son after a long season of shooting and being away from him for weeks at a time over those months. Since websites and magazines love to share ‘celeb flaws’ – well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago. “I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go. Ladies, lets be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed. You guys (you know who you are!) already know how to ruin a good time, and now you are body shamers as well.#kissmyass”. There’s a lot to take away from Duff’s post, but the main message would seem to be that women – indeed everyone – should embrace their perceived “flaws”, as Duff describes, and realise that we are all different. There is no “perfect” body, instead we should all focus on remaining healthy and happy, surely those are the most important ideals to aspire to. Hilary Duff is the latest in a string of individuals to speak up for those whose body confidence is being affected by the impossible paradigms of beauty that are presented online. Indeed, this popular health blogger is posting on Instagram to show why it is so damaging to compare yourself to photos you see online.
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