This is a moment I’ve been waiting for – Cassey Ho, creator of Blogilates a person who centers her whole career on body building, has spoken out against body shaming. She created a very artfully made video (collab with Smashbox!) called “The ‘Perfect’ Body” that really struck me to the core. It now has gotten over 700,000 views on Youtube.
My Humble Opinion:
We all have moments where we want to change something about our bodies. Make our eyes bigger. Our stomachs flat. Our thighs thinner. Living in a society that bombards us with border-line anorexic “ideal” body shapes, this level of specific self-interrogation is disheartening but unsurprising. Most women undergo this stage of crucial doubt of their bodies – sometimes this triggers a need to eat healthy and be fit, but many other times it leads to being overly conscious of ones body in comparison to our beauty standards, which snowballs into mental as well as eating disorders.
Cassey Ho’s video makes this social standard very personal. She is a pilates and general fitness trainer who has made it big on her Youtube platform, but other people have recently given her hate comments about her appearance. In this video, Cassey actually “chooses” to change her body and her face. She slims down her thighs, enlarges her eyes, and smoothes over her facial blemishes. Then, she happily looks in the mirror, but her smile slowly fades into an expression of confusion and disappointment.
Here is Cassey’s description of the video:
When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Or do you stare at yourself, pinching your fat away, lifting up your butt, pushing in your boobs, wishing you looked like a VS supermodel? It’s hard to be content with the shape of your body when people are constantly telling you how fat you are. The backhanded compliments, the mean comments, the cyber bullying – all of this messes with us…and it hurts. What if getting flat abs and bigger boobs was as easy as a click. What if you could stop all the hate and just photoshop yourself right now, in real life? What would you change?
Please share this video to battle body shaming and cyber bullying.
All in all, I really think it is a powerful message for a fitness trainer and blogger to bring this issue of body shaming to light in such a personal and also artistic way. We can try to lose weight to be healthy and feel confident, but we can’t let external pressures about beauty and body standards crush our emotional wellbeing. Let me know what you guys think after watching her video: