Body Evolution

I’m the girl from “Body Evolution.” Yep. Those are my juicy thighs on display for the world to see. I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to do something more to fight against the intense pressure on girls and women to look perfect. I was wondering if maybe we could start a club or a group (everyone’s welcome) where we promise to do the following in our everyday lives: 1) Not look women up and down and judge them ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ I for one am guilty of this – its like I’m checking out the competition. Yep, I admit it, I judge other girls as hot or not and this has got to stop! 2) Try to notice and appreciate women of all shapes and sizes. Its so ingrained in us to worship a certain type of girl that I think we are neglecting to appreciate a variety of types. Come on ladies, lets start finding at least one thing beautiful about every woman we look at. That way, hopefully, our idea of what is beautiful will broaden and what is beautiful will be defined by us, not the media. 3) Lastly, lets try our best not to give into the pressure to look a certain way. I know it seems like you need  super-human strength not to give into this pressure but maybe if we know there are others out there supporting us we won’t feel so alone. Write to me, send me pics, share your struggle, send advice on this blog… Most of all come here to stay motivated. Together we can change this! xoxo 
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7 thoughts on “Body Evolution

  1. Lania says:

    Thank you for doing this video and posting it on youtube. I showed it to my daughter as an example that what she sees and that other people see in media is not always real. My daughter is only young, only 8 but had recently come home from school making a few worrying comments about her weight so I ended up pulling out a medical weight/height chart to show her she was right in the middle of the healthy range. I think some of her friends might have been reading their older sisters’ teen magazines.

    My daughter’s comment after watching your video was “But that lady is beautiful mummy, why would they want to change her?”.

  2. I am a photographer and do quite a bit of photo editing. While I understand the purpose of the body evolution video, two things stand out to me. First, they went WAY overboard with the photoshopping and left you looking like a toy doll. Second, you were way more beautiful prior to the transformation. So I am right there with you .I am all for celebrating the natural beauty of a woman. The most I do when working with a model is accentuate the eyes, smooth the skin (if that is what she wants) and remove any blemishes (again if that is what she wants). There are beauty marks that I just think add to the natural beauty of a woman. I leave the body shape alone. It is my job as a photographer to accentuate those qualities that she already possesses, not to create superficial ones. Nice blog. F Delano Rivera Photography

  3. Hi Sally,

    I realize you’ve probably already seen this, but there’s a new video on YouTube where four ordinary women get their hair and makeup done and get PhotoShopped into, well, women that the folks on Madison Avenue would deem suitable for print.

    It sends a very similar message to the one you and Tim had done in Body Evolution (and Dove Evolution in 2007)–that the beauty depicted in magazines is largely unattainable and not representative of the majority of women in society. (The only downer about the whole video is that it doesn’t promote Tim’s idea about disclaimers on altered models.)

    Bottom line, there are other people believing what you believe and spreading the same message.

    Thanks again for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Rabinowitz

  4. I think what you did was so incredibly courageous and so necessary to highlight the extreme ideals of beauty and methods the industry goes to create these false idols. You are perfectly beautiful just as you are.

    If you really want to be part of a movement then you might want to back this kickstarter project by Taryn Brumfitt, an Australian mum of three who wants to create global change by uniting women across the world to love their bodies. The question is have you Embraced? #ihaveembraced
    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5318178

  5. I think what you did was incredibly courageous but so necessary to highlight the extremes that the beauty and fashion industry will go to to promote these false idols. There is so much body dissatisfaction that permeates our culture, that body hatred is pretty much the norm. You are beautiful just as you are, and I hope and believe you know that.

    If you want to be part of a movement then you could support Taryn Brumfitt’s Embrace campaign to create global change and unite women across the world to love their bodies. So the question is, have you embraced yet? #ihaveembraced

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5318178

  6. You are amazing and an inspiration. As someone who had a severe eating disorder in my teens and STILL feel like I’m flighting a daily war to love my body, seeing that video and finding your blog meant a lot. The societal pressure to look a certain (highly fabricated) way is a horrific epidemic that continues to repress women despite all the progress we’ve made for equality. It needs to stop. I want to wake up just one single day and not hate myself, and not hate other women for being “more beautiful” than I am. Life is too short. There is too much beauty and joy to be had, and none if it can be found in the way we look.

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