Being healthy and fit is one of the latest trends. People are juicing, doing keto diets and aiming for a very specific body type. As usual however, women are often hit with the bulk of any trend and have to adhere to very specific requirements, especially when it comes to how we look. In the latest trend of fitness, women are aiming to have slim-thick bodies, think Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Nicki Minaj. I know people have been excited about this new body ideal , saying it encourages women to be healthier, to eat more protein and exercise. It still promotes women as sexual objects and puts more pressure on women to attain a body type that is even harder to achieve and maintain. Now, every body part now has its own individual standard, a standard that is based on women who often use surgery or injections to achieve their looks. You need a small waist, but a big ass. You need a thigh gap, but muscular legs.
The new body image is way more restrictive than anyone thought
I bet you that your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds are constantly bombarded with slim-thick models and celebrities. Many black women and other women of color have slim-thick figures as a God-given gift. This glorification arrived only when rich, white celebrities decided these body types were worthy of praise and attention. Think Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. These celebs use plastic surgery, extreme diets, and waist trainers to achieve their looks. When Minaj achieves and flaunts this body type she is scrutinized and is accused of being fake. This goes to show that racism is so embedded in our minds that when a black woman and a white woman have slim-thick figures, one is hot and the other is fake. When Nicki Minaj was trying to build a career for herself in a male-dominated hip-hop industry, she had to demand attention.
Learn to love your body, slim-thick or not.
However, it seems that while all bodies are deemed beach ready, there is one in particular that celebs are striving for this summer — Slim Thick. Long gone are the days when women strove for an hourglass figure or a thigh gap, it is a combination of the two that seems to be the goal for many. Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are two of the most famous celebs boasting the Slim Thick body image. Demi Rose boasts both a washboard stomach as well as curvaceous hips that have made her the envy of many women. Other famous celebs with a booty and a stomach to boot include Amber Rose, Jennifer Lopez and of course the original queen of the curves, Beyonce. According to Marrisa Mayfield of Equinox gym, there are certain exercises you can do to achieve a both toned and curvy look. Experts recommend doing resistence training, that focus on sculpting and toning certain areas of your body. Vote now. And Femnique reports that to achieve a such a figure you need to drop "your body fat percentage with the use resistance training to grow your thighs and gluteal muscles. One way in which the Kardashians in particular have been known to achieve their Slim Thick figures is with the help of waist trainers.
For millions of young women, it all comes down to the latest craze on Instagram. But according to psychologist Deanne Jade, the constant pressures on women to look a certain way are contributing to an "epidemic of anxiety". From July 16, , when Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom posted the first ever photo of a dog, the app has grown from one million users in its first three months to more than a billion now. Sadly, that also brought a focus on looking as skinny as possible, with influencers pushing out diet tips and even sparking a damaging quest for 'thigh gaps'. In Geordie Shore beauty Holly Hagan shocked fans with a startlingly slim selfie in her underwear, having shed the pounds and transformed her figure. The craze soon came under fire, with food writer and social media sensation Ella Mills dragged into the controversy along with her brand Deliciously Ella.