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Sometimes, I stare at myself in the mirror and I wonder how I would look if I had a “perfect” body, like the ones I see splashed all over magazines and on the explore page of Instagram. But…what if it wasn’t 2018? What would my “ideal” body look like then?

So, I decided to find out.

Here’s what I’d look like if I had the “perfect” body throughout history.

Mid 2010s-2018:

Small waist, big butt butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting “belfies”. 🍑 Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%.

Mid 90s-2000s:

Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. 👙 It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest.

Early 90s:

THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: “heroin chic”.

1950s:

The hourglass shape is in. ⏳ Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade.

1920s:

Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses.

1400-1700:

The Italian Renaissance – Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin.

Real me today, 2018.

You know, this project was so interesting to me because as I was looking at myself getting photoshopped, I thought that I might secretly like one of the results. But the super odd thing was…all of them didn’t sit right with me. Not one! As obvious as it is to say this, I didn’t look like myself in the photos. I actually much prefer my body just as it is. Sure I’ve got a small butt, small boobs, a soft belly, and hip dips, but I’ve also got powerful legs, strong shoulders, and a figure that is all mine – unlike anyone else’s.

My question to all of us women is this: Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion?

“Boobs are out! Butts are in!” Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing out your body like it’s fast fashion.

Please treat your body with love & respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body. Please share this blog post or my Instagram post with as many women as you can. Let’s get this message out.

Also, I want to thank the amazing artist Daniel Kordek for helping me photoshop my body! (Haha, thought I’d never say that!) I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, and would not have been able to do it at this level without his help.

 

 

 

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  • TRISHA HALDAR says:

    You know Cassey I was so much stressed with my body image that I not only earned anorexia but also hypothalamic amenorrhea. It was a long meaningful journey to find my real self and certainly this post of yours remind me of my journey. Today I am certainly proud of myself. I love myself

  • Alex says:

    Great stuff Cassey as always. The best body is the one you have! And we are given a wide enough range of modulations through sports and nutrition when we want to change a little bit, but are unique structure will stay the same and we should be proud of it! Bravo Cassey and many hugs from Switzerland

  • Phantom says:

    Cassey… this was ingenious! ♥ Having struggled with an ED for most of my life, I have always found it difficult to accepts me just as I am… and the pressure to be “perfect” is even higher as a content creator where your body is the subject the camera is focused on. Ick.

    Although tough, I’ve been trying harder to love myself as I am… focusing on health and how I “feel” aside from simply how I look. I hope this blog post of yours will go on to reach more so that you can continue to remind others to slow down with the judging and take the path of a healthy mindset and body. ♥

    Many thanks for this, dear!

    ~Phantom

    (P.S.) The last picture is the best, by the way. By far! ;)

  • Kristina says:

    I absolutely loved this. We all know this is how and what happens throughout time but to have the details of what people do to attain what is “perfect” at the moment and to see how drastically it changes is a great reminder wish more younger women could come across this.

  • Sophie says:

    It’s really interesting to see how body trends change over time like clothes do. Thanks so much for doing this!

  • Seyaa says:

    Thank you so much for this. It is important for people to remember that the “perfect body” is subjective. One should only be concerned what the “perfect”, healthy body is for them. At my smallest I still had thick thighs, toned but not thin arms and no butt at all. I was a size 6 and although I was thin I wasn’t comfortable with my body. I realize that the perfect size for me and my curves is a size 8. This may seem big to some but it’s perfect for me. Thanks Cassey for always being so positive and a ray of sunshine. I absolutely love your energy.

  • I am 12 nd ive been doing blogilates to loose weight, strengthen my core and my upper body for gymnastics that I do. Thans 4 letting me know its not all about being skinny or fat. You can be you, and I like you for that Casssey

  • Hazel says:

    Your last point about “manufacturing our bodies” really struck home for me. I’ll not soon forget this post.

  • Ria says:

    Omg your 2018 one… When I saw my email I was thinking what has she done? Nooooo,she looks amazing already. Then I read the title and thought back to your other video that started it all. I love your articles Cassey 😊💕 and YT channel. Love from UK xx

  • Chiara says:

    Love this post! Sometimes ago I read a paper about how beauty standards are different across the world. An artisti did something similar to what you did: take a model and Photoshop her to fit the beauty ideal of several world Countries. Very interesting, as he had to change skin color too!
    Anyway: the perfect body is the one that is healthy – now that I am older, that’s my motto!

  • love this lady! It’s very thoughtful & thought provoking and I needed to see this today. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Leslie says:

    This article is so true!!! Different times different shapes. Thank you !!!! We all need to try our best to accept us for us. make what we have the best we can.

  • Kelli Coles says:

    Amen! Thank you for the brief history lesson on American (particularly, white) beauty standards for women’s bodies!

  • Stacey says:

    You are an inspiration! You are always fresh, fun, and full of unique ideas. A terrific role model! My 11 year old and I love you!

  • Amanda says:

    Oooooooh I love the pictures changing in the background and how it stays blank for the last picture with Cassey’s real body!

  • This is absolutely perfect and at the right time. Thanks for sharing Cassey 💓 Much needed for time time and era.

  • Hella Derek says:

    REAL YOU IS THE BEST YOU ❤️

  • It’s absolutely insane how much we are able to photoshop images nowadays. I think you’re beautiful for doing what you do and that’s inspiring women to moves their bodies in a way that feels good, and eventually this translates to physically looking good too!

  • Ptree says:

    Thank you for making this article!! And I hope we can all happily celebrate ourselves, naturally. Xoxo

  • Ptree says:

    This is such a nice article to read, you did such a good job! Its so interesting to look back and see what was SO good looking back then, is “out” today. So strange why body types have ‘trends’!

  • Jacki says:

    This is freaking great! Our bodies are not here to keep up with the latest trends or phases that we need to keep up with, they’re our homes! 🙏 I saw an article a few years ago about the *ideal body* in different countries. It really helped me see there is no one *right* body or only one way to be beautiful. Everyone is beautiful because everyone is unique. Keep up the great work Cassy!

  • Laura says:

    Been there done that

  • Coffee.raspberries says:

    Wow. I love this. We really should stop obsessing over parts of our body that are perfectly good and healthy to have, and we should stop calling them degrading names like batwings and saddlebags and so on. I love the message of this post! Our bodies are NOT fashion.

  • sarah solley says:

    Love this Cassy! As a mother of four, and three of them girls it’s so important to show them a strong body image. Thank you for always showing that type of image!

  • Serene says:

    Thank you Cassey! This adds a lot of perspective to our societal expectations of how our bodies “should” look like. It seems futile to change (or wanting to change) our body shape just to fit the “norm” when in fact there is no norm at all. In fact what’s the point of having large butts when it’s just muscles and fats and bones to support your body! And health is definitely way more important than looking “in” – when you might be “out” the next moment. This definitely motivates me to focus on being strong instead of owning that bikini body (it’s an added advantage though). Thank you!

  • Chen says:

    You are truly amazing!

  • Molly says:

    Ooh, I love the meaning behind this post and all the photoshopping! And I agree, you are perfect just the way you are, Cassey! Thanks for the encouraging and enlightening post! 👌

  • Sharesse Jones says:

    Based off those pictures, it seems we’re due for another “skinny” trend sadly. Doesn’t seem like there will ever be anything in between, only dramatic differences. Great post!!!

  • Paige says:

    This is great. The large butt craze now has never appealed to me because I remember when people made fun of larger butts. I was actually thinking about it the other day and I realized during the years I was born and my childhood (1995) made me like the skinnier era more. But it’s all just a fad and a phase, so we really need to love ourselves as we are because we can go in and out of style too if we change to fit the fad. Cool to see this, thanks!

  • Wendy says:

    You are beautiful and so is your body. You are an inspiration for me to be the best I can be and accept my body type that I have. For years I tried to be thin thin very thin! My body type is not that way and never will be I am curvy!!

  • Brea Hawthorne says:

    Thank you Cassey. I’ve been feeling down about my body recently and asking myself, “Why am I not skinny like them?” But seeing this was just want I needed. Everyone’s body is different and we should embrace them all! That doesn’t mean we should just eat whatever and not take care of our body, it means we love and embrace the way we look so we want to take care of our body. Love you and hope someday I’ll be able to meet you!! ❤️💜❤️

  • Sharon says:

    Love this! I think this project is especially important right now, as social media has become such a big influence on people’s everyday lives since lots of this influence can be negative to how these people perceive themselves.

  • Autumn Smith says:

    Beautifully said Cassey❤ thank you for being honest and open about your body. We all have insecurities but I am thankful for my health and my strong body no matter what it looks like to others!💕

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