Sophie Minkinow - 18 years old - Alabama, USA

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

I've lived in tre different countries on tre completely different continents so it's very entertaining to see the different body ideals. (Singapore, USA, Germany) Here In Singapore where I live currently the body Ideal is pale, completely clear skin, very slender and "small boned". Where as in America you're suppose to be tan and curvy fit. Perfect smiles.

2. How has it affect you?

I use to never smile. My teeth were crooked until way later in my teens and even when I would laugh I would keep my mouth closed. It changed my personality drastically just because I was so self conscious of smiling! The sign of complete happiness. The funny thing is once I got that fixed I thought I'd feel perfect. No one does. I felt HUGE when I moved to Asia. I constantly worked out and did diets that weren't what my body needed, it would give me temporary happiness but not overall in the least. Standing on the train on my way to uni I still constantly compare myself to pictures I see all over the news.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

This is something everyone thinks about. It's our reality and it sucks. Photoshop is KILLING us. Yeah people are always complaining, "they photoshopped her smaller" but I honestly look at things like woah ok no freckles? Are freckles bad? Ziro bumps on her legs? No birth marks? Our bodies have these things and girls spend hours Infront of the mirror trying to cover up the things that are so beautiful and show who they are! No matter who you are fat, skinny, dude, chick, who honestly cares??? We are too busy thinking about ourselves and caring about what YOU think to notice anyways.


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Sara Trogen - 18 years old - Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

Grow up here the ideal has changed a bit and is quite similar to the body ideal in the United States. But that depends a lot on who you associate with, since I associate with girls my age who come from Europe, North America mostly it's this emphasis on being skinny but having curves as well.

2. How has it affect you?

It has affected me because I have tried some diets here and there, not wanted to upload a bikini picture of myself even though I know I'm not fat - I just don't feel like I fit the "ideal". But at the same time women like Ashley Graham have started the revolution of fighting this ideal which is too helping change my confidence as well.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

I think that as long as you are healthy - you are fine. Mental and physical health. You should never be too big nor too skinny.


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Philippa Weber - 17 years old - Frankfurt, Germany

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

The body ideal here is to be skinny and fit with flat stomach, thin toned and non-wobbly arms and legs. But also have boobs, about C-cup size, and a nice - not necessarily super big, but rounded butt.

2. How has it affect you?

I've had body image issues since about 11 years old. I've always thought that I was fat and still often question whether what I look like is "good enough". This definitely comes from what I see in the media and advertising which portray this body ideal and also from what I hear people say for example how they talk about themselves or other people.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

I think the body ideal that we often see in the media is unobtainable for many people, solely due to their bone/ body structure and genetics. In the past years I have seen somewhat of an improvement within advertising to show different body sizes, but still many people I know struggle with self confidence and acceptance.

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Rio Kaba - 27 years old - Pagaralam in south sumatera, Indonesia

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

Where I grew up a good body is not too skinny and not too fat. People don't want to look skinny or big and muscle is not necessary. Health is more important.

2. How has it affect you?

When I was younger I got sick very easy and sometime that annoyed me a bit when I was hanging out with my friends and they called me skinny or skeleton.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

After all, what I need is just to believe in myself, enjoyed what I got and proved to them that it is enough..


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Lysa Nuku - 22 years old - Sidney, Australia

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

Here in Australia everyone is into their fitness, so majority of the girls that I pass by are fit with toned bodies. The ideal body image I believe is fit, slim and skinny.

2. How has it affect you?

It affects me as it lowers my self esteem because I am in no way shape or form skinny or fit. It makes me feel ashamed of my body.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?


I think everyone should be happy with what hey have and if you feel the need to change your body, do it for you sake and own happiness, not because of what the media shows or because what you think other people think about you. The media is a big influence on body image and what you should look like and it's completely wrong.

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Santo Petrus Simatupang - 20 years old - Sidikalang in Sumatera, Indonesia

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

Boys should be slim with big muscles and girls should be slim as well and they don't really prefer a big bum or body hair. It's nice to have white skin.

2. How has it affect you?

I never thought about it. This is me. I'm ok with however I look. Fuck the body ideal. I think more about health.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

I don't think it's good. I don't like it. Tidak bagus.

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Gytautė Liaukevičiūtė - 19 years old- Druskininkai, Lithuania

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

In Lithuania the body ideal is seen as curvy and fit.

2. How has it affect you?

It motivates me to be healthy and fit, to care about my body, to eat healthy food, do exercises and stay motivated and positive.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

Every body is beautiful in its own way. But we need to keep in mind -"what is too much is not healthy" .

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Butet Tamba - 27 years old - Utrecht, Netherlands

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

In here its I think it's the same as in the other western countries: tall, and skinny. Of course there is a difference between like 13-14 year olds and people that are a bit older. People my age care less about it I think, you have to be healthy!

2. How has it affect you?

It did when I was younger, i hated my legs, I wanted to be skinny, tall and pretty of course! Nowadays I just want to be healthy and fit. Of course I want to look good, but mostly I want to feel good, so I try to live as healthy as I can.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

I think people should try to be healthy instead of just look at what's on the outside. I think that people obsess over it way too much, girls get obsessed by things they see on tv, also celebs and stuff, they forget about what really matters.

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Abdulrahman Raoof - 25 years old - Malmö, Sweden

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

I think media and culture decide alot how the bodyideal should be, in modern societies where we have media the body ideal is very much about being fit and tanned, Where I grew up the bodyideal for men was a lot about having abs and arms while for the ladies it was a lot about chest size and a big rear while being fit.

2. How has it affect you?

Hmmm I remember I liked showing off my abs a lot in my younger days!

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

I think the body ideal we speak of today is very harmful for a lot of people by putting a lot of pressure on how you should look while in reality they are showing an image of the body which does not exist for the majority of the people, we are unique individuals after all and we are born to have our own ideal body which we need to learn to love.

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Tayla Loveday - 20 years old - Geelong, Australia

1. How does the body ideal look like where you come from?

In my town, I feel like there isn't a very strict body ideal. But in terms of Australia, I think most people are seen as blonde, tanned, fit surfers. Which is the complete opposite of me haha.

2. How has it affect you?

It didn't really affect me until I was a teenager, some days I would feel confident in my body. But other days I would wish I could be more tanned, or have blonde hair, be taller and skinnier. It would make me self conscious and feel down on myself, I even had troubles with eating disorders and depression for some time. But as I've grown I've learn to accept myself, and focus on improving myself physically and mentally in a healthy way.

3. What do you think about the body ideal over all?

I think lately a lot of high profile people and social influences are trying to prove that it isn't about being skinny anymore, it's about being healthy and fit. I see a lot of promotion about health, fitness and not worrying about a number on a scale but being healthy and confident in yourself which is very important for younger people to see.

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