Body image issues are far from a new thing. Back in the days of Botticelli (and the Early Renaissance period), women with curves were more than tolerated.
They were appreciated, worshipped and sought after. Fast forward to centuries later and these same sultry women are seen as chubby, fat or unattractive.
What happened in the span of 500 or so years? Well, there’s electricity, and running water and of course those very small, teeny tiny computers that we call mobile phones. But, when it comes to our bodies, it seems like women went from real to ideal. With ideal being meaning size 0 runway model skinny.
Roughly 9% of Australians have an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorder Collaboration. While the ever-present media push for women to look like real-life Barbie dolls isn’t entirely to blame for this stat, it certainly doesn’t help it.
Okay, okay. No one’s skinny shaming those runway models. After all, isn’t that just as bad as fat shaming a woman? But, the mainstream media’s ‘ideal’ figure is now something that women starve themselves for. Literally.
This project, inspired by Adelaide filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt’s documentary Embrace, shows what it means to be a woman. With a range of ages and an array of sizes, these women (in their video) all talk about what it means to live in their own skin. They talk about their body image struggles and how they’re affected by what society expects.
Hopefully this video helps women and girls to better understand that they are special and deserve respect – from everyone, including from themselves!