Thursday, January 11, 2018

The ideal of beauty, a mother themed painting by Natasa Vretenar

 "Smile! It makes you look prettier."
"You are too fat". "You are too skinny". "Your hair is too short". "You should get a facial to fix those pimples". "Shave your legs". "Your hair is too long". "Your feet are too big". "Your ankles are too thin". "Your breasts are too small". "Your breasts are too big". "You should...".


The fertility goddesses of the past are all big women, with huge hips and breasts. The ideal of beauty varies throughout the cultures. In the West, we are too preoccupied with our looks and there are entire industries dedicated to "correcting" female imperfections, dieting, beauty products etc. Girls are taught from a very young age what an "ideal" beauty is. So much emphasis is put on the outside looks, and outward appearances.


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