Ideals. We all have them. Did you know that some of the ideals that people have are actually tied to current trends. It’s difficult in this day and age to escape the barrage of messages from the media about what it means to be beautiful. Women, especially, are told what is in and what is out – several times a year. Now, there may be something to be said about being a slave to fashion. However, there might just be a point where trends need to be examined very closely before moving forward with an idea. The idea we are talking about is that which says your body type needs to be changed.
The fact of the matter is, we can look back over the history of fashion and clearly see how the current trends in clothing have set the tone for “true beauty” in terms of shape.
- Women of the early 20thCentury were told to be quite curvy (picture the cartoon-figure of Jessica Rabbit). Who told them that this was what beauty looked like? A fashion illustrator whose drawings set society on fire for the ideal figure. Oh, and a woman could only come close to that shape by contorting her body using a corset.
- Fashions in the 1940s were made for tall women who would easily command attention with a little help from pointed brassieres and squared shoulder pads.
- In the 60s, Twiggy was the “it” girl who every girl wanted to be. Her stick-thin figure was beautifully cloaked in the styles of the time, which certainly weren’t made for the more robust woman.
- We started to see a transformation back toward a more shapely form in the 70s and 80s, but that didn’t last, as trends don’t. In the 90s, we were back in love with the stick-figured woman. We called them waifs, and we adored their sinewy frame.
- Now, the trend has come almost full circle. We admire women like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian for their backside fullness.
The Bottom Line
The reason that we point out the constant change in beauty trends is this. There is no ideal body type, no matter which frame current fashion is made to fit. The ideal body type is your body type. The role of cosmetic plastic surgery is to accentuate your uniqueness, not make you into someone else.
We’d love to speak with you about your cosmetic goals for the new year. Call our South Miami office at 305-669-0184.