Body positivity seems more of a dream than a reality for most girls living in 2015. While companies like Aerie are slowly working to promote more body types in their new campaign to stop retouching pictures of models, there is still a standard (especially for women) to be very skinny and fit within a particular mold. While there is nothing wrong with being skinny, there is a problem with only promoting skinny bodies, instead of equal representation of all body types (which does include skinny bodies too, but not only skinny bodies).
Body positivity is the societal acceptance of every body type. This acceptance will have a domino effect on the female population in the US (and other countries). Women will become more comfortable with their bodies, and the fashion industry will be forced to normalize the sales of extra small and large clothing for women on the ends of both extremes. But the most important effect is that society will put less pressure on women to look a certain way, which will help many female’s confidence and self-worth, plus also reduce the hyper sexualization of women for the sole reason of capitalism.
One body positive speaker is Orion Carloto. Carloto is a YouTuber, writer for the blog local wolves, and self-proclaimed feminist. Carloto recently posted a video on her YouTube channel entitled “#BODYPOSITIVITY + ACCEPTING YOURSELF,” where she explains the importance of accepting yourself as you are, “flaws” and all.
Her “PS. Positivity” column in the magazine (available to read online through their website) promotes positive thinking, and accepting yourself as you are. It is especially important for women like Carloto to vocalize their opinions on feminism and positivity because so many young girls are raised with the mindset that they will never be good enough, and that it is normal for women to be highly regarded for their bodies over their character. YouTubers like Carloto are important in influencing a new generation of girls, empowering them to accept themselves despite what they are otherwise told by society.
If you’re interested in hearing what Carloto has to say about body positivity, be sure to follow her on twitter and check out her channel on YouTube.