When we think about “curves” we always associate this with females. However, we must not forget that men also battle with body acceptance in our society.
For years, women have been asked the question: Does size really matter? Naturally, they were referring to men. But there’s another question that has long been on everyone’s mind: What is the “correct” size for a woman or man?
I am also a plus size woman and to me it has always seem as if discussing this topic will always be an issue–dating to the beginning of time. And that we, as women or men, shouldn’t let anyone dictate what is “the right size,” for us, unless, of course, it’s related to a health issue.
Lose weight, reduce wrinkles, fight cellulite; we’re constantly told to fight a battle to be someone other than who we are. Women and girls are constantly lead to believe they’re not as good as they should be. And why? Because every day they feel they’re being judged on their appearance and how far away it is from an unachievable ideal.
Our views of body image are formed as we are growing up. Even as children, we are bombarded by images of what our bodies should look like in order to gain approval in the world. For men, these images can be their favorite wrestlers, superheroes that they see in television and in comics, their favorite action figures, or even their fathers.
Men’s views on body image are also formed while at school. Kids who carry extra weight will often be bullied by their skinnier peers. Fat-shaming at a young age can lead to detrimental mental results when a male reaches adulthood.
In the sports world, men are constantly competing to be the best. Not only are they competing to be the best, but they’re also competing for their family’s livelihood at the professional level. One wrong move or one bad play could be the difference between sitting on top of the world and sitting on the bench. In order to keep up, men will dive into steroids for a physical advantage. This desire to constantly build muscle mass or lose weight can spiral out of control into body dysphoria.
Above facts can certainly relate to both men and women and in different scenarios of life. The terms “Plus Size” (for women) and “Husky” (for men) are being used more frequently by retailers in an effort to offer different body types similar trendy options in the fashion industry.
However, we have to be realistic and dig a little deeper and take into consideration that it’s not only an appearance challenge, but it is a healthy state of mind that will help you with first understanding your body. This will then be followed by accepting your body and finally by embracing every pound with dignity pride and enough confidence to face the world and their critics.
I am certainly happy that body acceptance and positive self image has become a global movement where it can be discussed within many ethnic/cultural backgrounds and amongst any age and gender.
Luxe Kurves embraces the beautiful men and women who are empowered by their curves, and we support those who struggle to accept their body image and show them that plus size can be beautiful and luxurious. To show your support and empower the curvy movement, use the hashtag #loveyourkurves2018. We want to spotlight our Luxe beauties–men and women alike.
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