Body positivity is a hot topic in the news. From curvy models to hairy celebs, our society is slowing changing it’s impossible beauty standards. There is still a long way to go, however, as shown in the recent headlines, either congratulating or dismissing the brave people going against social norms.
One headline is about Natalie Nootenboom, 16 year old model, niece to DJ Steve Aoki, and slayer of fashion stereotypes. She stood out from the “norm” by being taller and curvier than other girls, but these qualities coupled with her gorgeous Asian features set her a part from the rest.
“The norm for Asian girls is to be, you know, petite, cute, and skinny,” Nootenboom explained to Revelist. “But growing up, I kind of was taller, bigger, more awkward. I was the opposite of what people expected me to be, and so I really want to use my platform to say, you know what? We’re all different. We can’t build a mold and expect people to all fit that mold.”
Sometimes [your] social media feed really does feed you. So always be careful what you eat.
– Natalie Nootenboom, model
Another recent news story to catch the attention of the trolls who like to tell people they aren’t socially “normal” is about Paris Jackson, daughter of popstar Michael Jackson. Her Instagram photos of herself, showing armpit and leg hair, infuriated some people. Her response? She laughs them off, saying: “I wish I could post some of these responses. You can just tell how angry and infuriated these people are… I love hair, and sweat, and BO. I f*cking love it, I think it’s great. Some people think that it’s like super disgusting, especially on girls, but every human body does it. It’s natural. Get over it.”
Paris received a lot of abuse and criticism for showing such images. But why? Is it because armpit and leg hair isn’t under the social definition of woman? Is it because women shouldn’t have hair anywhere other than their head?
Both Natalie’s and Paris’s story illustrate how far society has to go to accept that stereotypes are social constructs made by some old white farts in ancient times. And that is what they should remain – ancient history.
Every human body does it. It’s natural. Get over it.
– Paris Jackson, model and activist