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Personal trainer photoshops herself to highlight how warped our idea of the 'perfect body' is

By Stephanie Nuzzo December 1, 2018
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You need to see this. 

Just like clothes, eyebrows and hairstyles, what we see as "hot" when it comes to body shapes is dictated by a set of trends that are about as healthy as those appetite suppressing lollipops Kimmy K was promoting a little while back. 

Fitting the very specific physical mould that is set for women is damn near impossible for most people, (despite all the #peachy posts you might come across on your social media feed) and trainer Cassey Ho has taken to Instagram to show her followers just how ridiculous the concept of a fashionable figure is. 

The leading lady of fitness brand Blogilates photoshopped her body to meet the standards of what the "perfect" woman has looked like throughout history, and the result is pretty shocking. 

Starting with the big butt, full lip Kardashian look of the mid 2010s-now and travelling all the way back to the full-figure that was sought after between 1400 and 1700, Ho took her body through every major body trend in an effort to cause people to question, "Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion?" 

In her caption she wrote:

"Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing your body out like it's fast fashion.

"Please treat your body with love and respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it's YOUR own perfect body."

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If I had the “perfect” body throughout history, this is what I’d look like. . Mid 2010s-2018 - Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting “belfies”. Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%. . Mid 90s-2000s - Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest. . Early 90s - THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: “heroin chic”. . 1950s - The hourglass shape is in. Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade. . 1920s - Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses. . 1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance - Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin. . Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion? “Boobs are out! Butts are in!” Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing your body out like it’s fast fashion. . Please treat your body with love & respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body. #blogilates #theperfectbody

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The post, which has garnered over 141 thousand likes, quickly received a wave of comments praising Ho for the message. 

"This is such a great perspective to give! Thank you for this," wrote one fan. 

"Let's spread the word... This post is so inspiring," shared another. 

"I cannot love this enough," said a third. 

In the age of the Instamodel (and photoshop) it's refreshing, and important, to see influential women promote healthier thinking around body image. 

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