i often hear people use marilyn as an example of how society’s ideal female body has changed drastically over the past 50 years. while it’s true that the ideal has changed, it has not been as drastic as people think.
an example: marilyn wore a size 12; the oft-quoted proof of the drastic change. obviously, if 12 back then was the size of the sexiest star on the planet, why are today’s actresses so thin? the thing is - dress sizes are no longer the same as in marilyn’s time. what was then a size 12, is now a size 4.
marilyn was 5ft-5in tall, & according to her dressmaker, her measurements were 35-22-35. can’t picture what that would be? take a look at the photo here. that is clearly not the body of a modern (5ft-5in) size 12.
i’m not writing this to upset anyone. yes, i think that we should continue fighting to break down society’s standards of beauty, & to strengthen women’s self esteem. that said? we should do so honestly.
a size 12 woman looking at this photo would not feel good about herself, believing what she was seeing was what her body should look like. hell, i am a size 4, & do not look that delicious in a bikini (though i am seriously considering adding the bow & quiver to my beach ensemble.).
i think it’s time we stopped comparing ourselves. not just to the incredibly thin standard of today, but to the standards of past eras as well. let’s teach young girls that whatever their size, & this includes the skinny girls, they are beautiful. & before i forget: we have to stop bashing skinny women, as not all of them are starving starlets & supermodels. when we say “real bodies are beautiful”, we have to mean it across the board.
we could start by no longer posting photos of über-thin, boob jobbed, photoshopped models. ;)
I love you for this. You are so wonderful! All this being said, I’m a size 16, and when people are like “Marilyn was a size 16. Just food for thought.” I really honestly want to scream and punch those people in the face. Why? Not only do I know the truth about her size, when people say she was a size 16 (hell even a 12) I then remember how I look. Let’s just say I’m not too happy with it, and I cry about it a lot. Granted, I don’t eat shit food, and I watch my portions. I even exercise! More so now than ever.
Those so called “confidence boosters” don’t help, so stop. You think you’re helping, but really—you’re not. So instead of saying” Marilyn was a size 12 (or even 16). Just food for thought.” to try and boost confidence in us larger women—say, "Marilyn would believe you were gorgeous—no matter what size you are." Because that’s the GOSPEL TRUTH.
By the way, I bet you do look wonderful in a bikini! I’d still add a bow and quiver to the ensemble for the hell of it. It’s be pretty kick ass, hehe!