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We live in a media-saturated, technologically advanced, hyper-materialistic culture.

Which kind of sucks for you, me and everyone we know.

It strikes me as unhealthy and deeply discomforting that the images we’re exposed to on TV, magazine covers and even catalogues for K-Mart often do not represent reality.

From a mental health perspective, negative body image and low self-worth are associated with the proliferation of digitally-manipulated images.

Bombarded by airbrushed representations of beauty, we internalise and normalise these ideals and (inevitably) compare ourselves unfavourably.

It takes a strong and very switched-on person not to feel a twinge of inferiority in the face of an artfully photoshopped Kate Moss or Brad Pitt.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to see someone championing real beauty – bodies in all their diverse, jiggly, ‘imperfect’ glory.

This is an excerpt from massage therapist Dale Favier’s article What People Really Look Like:

“Let’s start here with what nobody looks like: nobody looks like the people in magazines or movies. Not even models. Nobody…

Women have cellulite. All of them. It’s dimply and cute. It’s not a defect. It’s not a health problem. It’s the natural consequence of not consisting of photoshopped pixels…

Adults sag. It doesn’t matter how fit they are. Every decade, an adult sags a little more…

Everyone on a massage table is beautiful. There are really no exceptions to this rule.”

Way to go, Dale!

If this stance becomes the new normal (fingers crossed!) there’d be a lot less valuation of personal worth based on physical appearance.

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Comments on: "The anti-airbrush masseuse" (2)

  1. Clare said:

    This issue always interests/intrigues me.. I’ve struggled on/off over the years with body image issues, consider myself a reasonably intelligent/’switched on’ person & yet I continue to buy/pore over fashion magazines on occasion despite recognising the negative impact that they can have on women (in particular) struggling with body image/self-worth. I guess I justify this by ultimately seeing/recognising magazine images as fantasy, something to counter our own dull/mundane lives, yet something few women would actually recognise as real or something to actually aspire to as even slightly representative of reality. I believe a lot of it can be attributed to ‘escape’ and I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.. Having said that, however, I guess the big question is : do we actually want to see ‘real girls’ or do we want to be exposed to unattainable fantasy (regardless of whether it’s seen as ‘the ideal’)? .. & that, of course, poses its own set of issues, hey!

  2. […] You can check out one of my previous posts on body image here. […]

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