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.