Rethinking Body Image: Unrealistic Beauty Magazine Headlines Need To Go!
Whether we’re in the grocery store checkout line, the doctor’s office waiting room, or the magazines section of our local Barnes & Noble, magazine headlines are everywhere for us to see—and a lot of them have to do with women’s bodies. It’s all too common for magazines to profit off of holding us up to high standards. But recently, in a move that just might make more magazines reconsider their own headlines, Women’s Health is no longer going to allow the words “Bikini Body” and “Drop Two Sizes” to be featured on their covers. This might seem like a minor hurdle for body positivity, but getting rid of phrases like this is definitely a step in the right direction. Bravo!
The tip of the iceberg
This is just the beginning when it comes to exaggerated headlines that need to be on their way out stat: we’re never going to “Get a Butt Like a Kardashian,” and the world should be okay with that. And “Drop Two Sizes” isn’t the only headline that needs to go. A quick scan of magazine covers turns up many more. “Flat Abs! Firm Butt! Lean Legs!” is another one from Women’s Health. Then there’s “Lose 5 Lbs. in 7 Days” on the cover of Health, and “Trim & Tone Every Bulge” from Fitness Magazine. These headlines are unrealistic, make us judge ourselves harshly, and promote negative body image. It’s time for more magazines to take notice.
Even though magazines are constantly telling us that we need to look better, get thinner, and conform to the standards of the beauty industry and Hollywood, the reality is that these expectations are out of control. Getting rid of phrases like “Bikini Body” is a great start to taking tons of pressure off of us, not just at the beach, but everywhere else. As other magazines hopefully start to ease up too, we’ll be able to breathe a little easier and be more real with our looks.