As from now it’s a proven fact that being skinny doesn’t equal happiness. Don’t believe me? Here’s four pieces of evidence that’ll crack this haunting myth right open.
ONE: Perfect people are dying to be happy
Pick one person you’d like to trade bodies with? Marilyn Monroe? The perfect combo of skinny, hips and boobs. What a lucky girl, hey?
Consider this: if you had her life and her looks, you’d be dead by the age of 36. Suicide. Marilyn Monroe was my no means a happy girl.
Marilyn was institutionalised for depression a year before her death. She was addicted to sedative meds for years. She overdosed on her meds several times before a dose 7 times the lethal dose killed her in 1962.
She suffered from endometriosis (which makes your period super painful) and excruciating gallstones. She never found her knight in shining armour. She lived through three divorces in 20 years. And her childhood was a tragic mess.
Today she’s remembered as one of the sexiest women in film history, but I think if she looked down on us today, she wouldn’t have given two poodles about any of that. She’d trade it for a happy life in a flash. She’d be a 89-year-old granny today.
There’s thousands of women like Marilyn. They look like they’ve got it all, and maybe the do – but they sure as Hollywood’s drug abuse don’t have happiness. And skinniness or the lack thereof has nothing to do with it.
TWO: Smiling doesn’t mean you’re happy (and you know it)
You’ve faked your smile a thousand times. So do skinny women. You’ve felt alone in a crowd of people and nobody would even know. Same goes for the women with “the perfect bodies”.
That stream of skinny, great-looking people on your Instagram feed doesn’t represents people who are so much happier than you are. It represents an art-form that has nothing to do with reality.
Whether it’s people you know or celebs, they all put hours into producing these oh-so-perfect squares of happiness using makeup, hair, styling and editing.
If you think cosmetics, hours of posing and sifting through hundreds of photographs – just to pick one you’re going to edit into oblivion – represents happiness, you’ve definitely confused happiness with digital compliments.
THREE: Skinny won’t last
Skinny (with appropriate hip and boobular curves) is merely the passing trend. I remember a couple of years ago I was trying to cover up my epic bum sooooo desperately. It had to be small and cute. Now big jiggle butts rule the world. But in 4-years that might change. Again.
Would you believe me if I told you cute little bellies was the epitome of beauty in the 13th century?
“Mother, ith hateth mine flat abnomen! My life sucketh.” is probably what miss 13th century teen said to her mother as she flopped onto her straw bed.
In 1500’s having small boobs was high-fashion. Women wore steel corsets to squish their boobs into pancake flatties. The Big Butt and soft, plump bodies ruled until the 1920’s (think of those big princess dresses that stick out in the butt area).
But as soon as starvation became a real issue during World War II, well-fed bodies was placed right back on the pedestal at the end of the 1930’s. Model Twiggy only popularised skinny beauty by the 1960’s.
Only thereafter did Pamela Anderson bring in the big boobs thing by the 70’s. Having a fit, toned body became popular in the 80’s (that’s when weight loss became a thing!). Now we’re smack-bam in the middle of the skinny body, D-cup, thigh-gap, big-butt fashion. But who knows for how long? Bulky calves, big necks, skinny toes… What will “perfect” look like next?
Guurrrrl, your body is bound to be the pinnacle of female beauty at one point in time. Whether it’ll be in this century, I don’t know, but forcing your perfect body to fit into this year’s mould is just weird. It’s not going to make you happy anyway.
FOUR: You’re brainwashed by geniuses.
So, if being skinny really doesn’t have a direct connection to being happy, why do you feel like you believe it with all of your heart?
Compared to all the skinny, glamorous girls on your newsfeed, on Billboards, even on the posters in your local hair salon, you feel like your missing out on the life you were suppose to live, don’t you?
You see, there’s tons of smart people who want you to feel like that. If companies can get you to feel worthless compared to the picture perfect models that represent their makeup, their T-shirts and their accessories, then you want what they can offer, right? Then you have this need for products or services that’ll “improve” your life.
Doesn’t the thought of Gucci, Prada and Mango make you feel like you want that kind of skinny, rich girl life? Doesn’t it make you want to want?
By no means can Mac mascara or on point crop tops magically make you happy, but it’s associated with happiness in your mind thanks to fantastic marketing strategies that have been used for years.
These days feeling happy seems like something you still have to buy or achieve. Which is such bullsh*t. Think about it: if you cut out wanting a skinny body like your happiness depends on it, you’ll automatically feel happier than you where 5min ago.
If you really want to live happily, roll with your rolls darling and the world be that bright place you’ve been looking for all along. Don’t believe me? Try it.