Why is it that so often we feel uncomfortable in the shapes of our bodies? According to a study by Refinery29, only 2% of the women who participated in the study were completely happy with their bodies. 69% of women have felt judged based on their bodies, and 65% say that someone made a first critique of their body before they turned 14. In the UK, more than half of girls feel restrained by gender stereotyping, with children as young as seven believing they are valued more for their appearance than for their achievements or character.
In The Beauty Myth, feminist activist and author Naomi Wolf examines how attractiveness functions as both a metaphor for and a mandate over women’s lives. She highlights how the pressure women feel to conform to unrealistic social standards of physical beauty has grown stronger because of commercial influences on the mass media, and how this pressure inhibits women from acting freely and being effective in society. To break free, Naomi Wolf advocates that women must have “the choice to do whatever we want with our faces and bodies without being punished by an ideology that is using attitudes, economic pressure, and even legal judgments … to undermine us psychologically and politically”.
56% of the women interviewed by Refinery29 said that seeing body diversity in the media made them feel better about themselves. At Lissome we believe that there are no right or wrong body types. We come in all shapes and sizes — and in their diversity, we witness the beauty of creation. Our bodies are our temporary sanctuaries and they allow us to have manifold talents, aspirations, and abilities that go beyond mere shape. The following beauty story is a celebration of our shapes, and the forms we find in nature.
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Haeckels, Exfoliating Seewald Block + Seaweed Bath
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Tromborg, Deluxe Sun Protection, SPF 30 + Aroma Therapy Body Oil Ylang Ylang
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Marion Garz, Gelbes Shampoo
INARI, Midsummer Magic, Lifting Serum + Water Cream
Lagona, Rhassoul Clay Powder
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Page Eleven: Trousers by Hund Hund
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