Giving you a definition of beauty standards would be futile. That is because society’s view of beauty changes constantly. What is “in style” today will be out soon enough.

Society’s beauty standards tend to revolve around body size and weight.

Definition of beauty standards in art

If you look at the works of master artists from the renaissance era, the women in their works are full bodied. At that time, they valued women who were healthy and could bear children. These were usually full-bodied women with broad hips and large breasts.

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”

– Marilyn Monroe

“Don’t change your body to get respect from society. Instead let’s change society to respect our bodies.”

– Golda Poretsky

Definition of beauty standards in media

In the 1920’s, the thin, straight lines of the flapper girls were considered the standard. In the 60’s, bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable became the definition of beauty flaunting their curves. This was followed by the rail thin look of models Twiggy and Kate Moss in the 1970’s.
Celebrities undergo plastic surgery, body sculpting, botox and enhancements to maintain their looks.
Magazines, television, movies, internet and advertising bombard us with images of society’s standards. As a result, there are women who struggle over body changes to the point it can affect their physical and mental health. So it is no wonder many women suffer from a low self-esteem directed at their body image.
It is time to stop this.

“One woman filled with self love and self acceptance is a model more super than any cover girl.”

– Amy Leigh Mercree

“You will never look like the girl in the magazine. The girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine.”

– Jessiemae Peluso

Using boudoir photography to challenge the standards

When my clients are in front of the camera, I see a beauty that can’t be defined by societal standards. It is a beauty that shines from within, reflecting the life she has lived, now unburdened by judgement.

Allowing her spirit to soar as she becomes emboldened with every click of the shutter. Seeing unedited images of herself in her full glory, generates self-confidence that will follow her from that day forward.

“In simple words, ‘Beauty’ is what gladdens the heart. Neither a symmetrical face nor a shapely body – If the sight of you generates happiness, you’re beautiful.”

– Adeel Ahmed Khan

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”

– Anonymous

It is time to stop living under society’s definition of beauty standards and set your own. See yourself in a way you never have. Push outside your comfort zone to challenge standards. You owe that to yourself.

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