As refreshing as it may be that we no longer have to strive to look like Victoria Secret models there is a downside to our liberation - the glamorization of obesity. We already strive to become clones of our favorite celebs by copying everything from their hairstyles and wardrobes to their nose jobs and makeup techniques. What prevents us from piling on the pounds so that we can imitate their body type as well?
The evolution of the ideal role-model
The last couple of decades has seen an enormous shift in celebrity trends. Where the 90s and 00s were known for stick-thin models with protruding hip bones the more full-figured celeb has been warmly embraced in the last decade. You no longer have to look like Victoria Beckham or Calista Flockhart to be considered beautiful. The Emma Stone’s and Jennifer Lawrence’s of the world are becoming increasingly popular amongst fans and fashion designers alike. Our body shapes have changed significantly over the last few decades and the way we condition ourselves to look, largely depends upon the trends amongst the relevant celebrities at the time.
A lot of changes have occurred over the past 50 years:
- 1960s – It was considered fashionable to be skinny although the hourglass figure was becoming popular amongst female starlets. Celebs of the era: Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn
- 1970s – The ‘fit’ look became popular thanks to the likes of Cher, Morgan Fairchild and tennis star Chris Evert.
- 1980s - The 80s saw a rise in obesity amongst the general public but it was also seen as the era of the supermodel with Brooke Shields, Paulina Porizkova and Iman becoming the new generation of pin-up girls
- 1990s – During the 90s the general population experienced an increase in size while stick-thin celebs like Kate Moss often became the idol of teenage girls over normal-sized stars such as Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore.
- 2000s to Today – Obesity amongst the general populous continues to increase with a host of celebrities now joining the ranks. Mariah Carey, Oprah and Kirstie Alley all battling the bulge.
As long as the general public continues to mimic the lifestyles of celebrities we will see growing trends prevailing even with regards to unhealthy practices such as eating disorders and obesity. Our very downfall could lie within our inability to separate admiration from obsession. There is no harm in looking up to the rich and famous but not if it is to the detriment of your own health.