What Is The Real Standard Of Beauty?

Every culture has their standard of beauty. The standard changes over generations, for example, in the 1050’s Marilyn Monroe was the gold standard of a beautiful, sexy and desirable woman.

 

 

In the 60’s Twiggy came on the scene and suddenly, thin was in!

 

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s thin was still in, but breast implants being all the rage! Tits on a stick I lovingly called that look.

 

 

 

Fast forward major curves top and bottom suddenly came into style..

 

 

No matter what look is in style, women everywhere will attempt to fit in and do what they can to squeeze into that gold standard won’t we? Although some of us take it completely too far!

Tanorexia is the term often used to describe a condition in which a person participates in excessive outdoor sun tanning or excessive use of other skin tanning methods (such as tanning beds) to achieve a darker skin complexion because they perceive themselves as unacceptably pale. The syndrome is different than tanning addiction, although both may fit into the same syndrome and can be considered a subset of tanning addiction.

Patricia Krentcil, a New Jersey mom ignited debate about whether her tanning obsession went too far after it was alleged she let her young daughter go tanning. Krentcil had been accused of being addicted to tanning, and said of her critics, “it’s people who are just “jealous, fat and ugly,” that are out to get her.

Tanning has been a popular thing to do for decades. Despite the dangers and risk of skin cancer, people seem to be willing to risk it all for that sun kissed glow. Many people say that it makes them “feel better, healthier.” The fact is though, that tanned skin, is damaged skin. It is not healthy.

The popularity of tanning can be traced to a single moment in 1923. After cruising from Paris to Cannes, designer Coco Chanel stepped off the Duke of Wellington’s yacht with a startling suntan. Chanel had apparently gotten too much sun by accident, but the press and fashion world assumed the immensely influential Frenchwoman was making a fashion statement.

What makes a person beautiful? We have such a standardized image of what is beautiful in our culture. Cookie cutter images emerging from the media makes women all across our great nation attempt to starve, fry and inject themselves into the grave. As a natural redhead, I was teased as a child. Kids called me names like “carrot top” or would yell, “the redhead is dead!” As an adult, perfect strangers would feel free to tell me, “you need a tan!” Luckily I have always felt special being a redhead. Red hair occurs in only 1–2% of the human population. It occurs more frequently (2–6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations. Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein.

Medieval Beliefs:

Montague Summers, in his translation of the Malleus Maleficarum, notes that red hair and green eyes were thought to be the sign of a witch, a werewolf or a vampire during the Middle Ages;
Those whose hair is red, of a certain peculiar shade, are unmistakably vampires. It is significant that in ancient Egypt, as Manetho tells us, human sacrifices were offered at the grave of Osiris, and the victims were red-haired men who were burned, their ashes being scattered far and wide by winnowing-fans.
Montague Summers, in his translation of the Malleus Maleficarum, notes that red hair and green eyes were thought to be the sign of a witch, a werewolf or a vampire during the Middle Ages;
Those whose hair is red, of a certain peculiar shade, are unmistakably vampires. It is significant that in ancient Egypt, as Manetho tells us, human sacrifices were offered at the grave of Osiris, and the victims were red-haired men who were burned, their ashes being scattered far and wide by winnowing-fans.

I hope that one day all women will embrace themselves with love and compassion and celebrate their unique beauty and not give a hoot what celebrity is considered the world’s most beautiful woman, or how thin they are or if they have been spotted on the beach with some cellulite showing. We should compare ourselves to no one, but be the very best, healthy versions of ourselves.

What about you is unique that you just love to love?

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