Fashion from the 2000s has been making a comeback in the last couple of years, with hairstyles with elastic bands and cornrows and low-rise pants becoming a sensation among bloggers and celebrities. However, other not so positive features of the fashion world of this decade have also appeared again, such as the pattern of extreme thinness.
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Celebrities like Kim Kardashiam, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion surprised their audiences by appearing with reduced measurements, especially as these women proudly flaunt their curvy body, especially Kim Kardashiam, a great disseminator of buttock augmentation procedures.
Although thinness has never stopped being the standard of beauty, this movement of returning to the exaltation of the standardization of very thin bodies, draws the attention of several people, from experts in the fashion world to body positivity activists, who fear a setback. about how women see their bodies.
Vitoria Bez de Souza, 18, vented about her concern about this cultural movement on her social media. She has struggled with anorexia nervosa since the age of eleven and is well aware of the severity of eating disorders and the impact of media and fashion on people’s perception of appearance.
“I believe that clothes greatly influence our lives, because we live in society and we want to feel included and accepted in the environment in which we live, this acceptance often comes through clothes. And the eating disorder messes a lot with our self-esteem and we start to compare ourselves with other people, in addition, our society creates the idea that the fat body is ugly and the only beautiful one is the thin one”, says Souza.
Vitoria also argues on how she sees 2000s fashion as excluding and marginalizing people who do not fit the required aesthetic, also criticizing how the market refuses to produce clothes for different bodies and measurements.
“I see the return of fashion in the 2000s as something terrible, it is not inclusive at all. Anyone, no matter what body they have, wants to feel fashionable and well-dressed, but how are they going to do it if most of the clothes sold aren’t going to fit them,” she defends.
According to psychiatrist Danielle H. Admoni, anorexia nervosa, a very common disease among celebrities in the 2000s, is one of the most killing eating disorders in the world. Statistics also reveal that eating disorders have higher mortality rates than any other mental illness.
“It is important to say that anorexia nervosa is one of the psychiatric disorders that most lead to death, due to its severity. Often the person is already super thin, eating very little and still refuses to eat. It is also very common for people with anorexia to do very exaggerated physical activity, with the intention of losing weight, refusing to eat with other people and trying to hide their body as much as possible”, explains the health professional.
The psychiatrist also states that women and adolescents end up becoming more vulnerable to the disease, due to the aesthetic pressure they suffer and the influence of the media. She also calls attention to question what kind of image is transmitted in relation to the body and what is considered beautiful.
“This ideal of a perfect body that appears in the media mainly influences women and adolescents, I believe it is important to press very well on the image that we want to convey to these more vulnerable groups. The thinness currently sold is more a matter of ostentation and wealth”, concludes the doctor.