Between The Gap: Of Thigh Gaps and Cellulite - A reflective essay about post-modern perspective of beauty

This blog article is in response to the #DefineBeauty ran on the luxurious Louis Vitton owned site NOWNESS.COM and #ImNoAngel ran on Instagram and Twitter campaigns which targeted many women around the world and gave basically two definitions of beauty skinny and fuller girls.

#ImNoAngel campaign

#ImNoAngel campaign

Feminists, anorexics and women generally are at war. Their war’s subject manner is beauty. What is beauty? What’s healthy? What’s unhealthy? Who decides what is beautiful? Clothing companies are also engaging in this war with targeting both sides depending on the season of sale and their target audience.

Victoria’s Secret Angels are probably a beauty goal for a lot of women and models. If the angels are beautiful that would be subjective to the observer. The problem with this beauty’s premise is that those models are 0.0000001% of the general population with their physical traits, you can’t change physical traits, well maybe with a surgeon.

Josephine Skyriver at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Josephine Skyriver at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Models in the fashion industry are usually 1.75 meters and anorexic. Meaning they live an unhealthy lifestyle due to the business’ standards. Some women are naturally skinny but lets assume that a good handful aren’t.

On the other side of the coin you have the pin-up scene and plus size models. Now they are categorized plus size due to them being bigger than the anorexics, duh. In my honest opinion beauty is mediated by a lot of factors being the media and personal and social perception of the world. What’s beautiful in Hawaii is considered disgusting in suburban America. What’s considered beautiful in the Bronx by the African American community is considered disgusting in Paris. Beauty differs from place to place and person to person.

Kareen Hill an Israeli model representing a flourishing pin-up scene in Israel.  Photography: Anastasia Shmuelov

Kareen Hill an Israeli model representing a flourishing pin-up scene in Israel. 
Photography: Anastasia Shmuelov

I’m no doctor, but both (anorexic and obesity) extremes aren’t healthy. Women just remember what you’re aiming for is healthy or corrosive, it’s your own body. The bottom line is do what you perceive as beautiful and healthy and ever don’t forget to be yourself even if your style isn’t style, it will be next season most likely.

Emilie Ekholm Axters a Danish model with thigh gapped hip body type.

Emilie Ekholm Axters a Danish model with thigh gapped hip body type.

Special thanks to Emilie and Kareen for providing pictures for this article. All photos are copyrighted to their respectful photographers (Offir Assayag and Ruben Hart) models (Kareen Hill and Emilie Ekholm Axters).