Do Victoria Beckham’s comments on body image reflect the modern mentality?

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“Women today want to look healthy and plump.”

In a recent interview promoting her brand’s new capsule collection, Victoria Beckham said Grace that the fitted and flattering VB Body range was inspired by the realization that being skinny is an outdated desire.

Recalling the Miami vacation that changed her perception of body ideals, the former Posh Spice was energized by the curvy women she saw owning their shape and size. “They’re walking down Miami Beach with minimal clothing and they look fantastic,” Beckham said. “They show their bodies with such confidence. I found their attitude and style really liberating. And as a mom, I loved that Harper was around women who really celebrated their curves and appreciated how they looked.

After talking at length about her own body issues and eating disorders, the designer came to the conclusion that “it’s not about being a certain size. It’s about knowing who you are and being happy with who you are.

Going on to say that she has become more adept at balancing “wanting to have fun and being disciplined to eat healthy and exercise,” a regimen that includes lifting heavy weights five or six days a week.

“Every woman wants a nice round, curvy behind, right?” said Beckham. “The more curvilinear you are, the better my VB Body dresses look.” In reference to the brand new permanent collection, each piece is designed to hug the silhouette and celebrate simplicity. The collection ranges from UK size 6 to 18 and VB says: “I want it to take into account body shape, skin color – and budget… It’s not just about me.

Prices start at €90 for a bandeau top and include a mini dress at €550 and midi dresses ranging from €690 to €750. While the sizes worn by Victoria Beckham brand can be considered average, if you want to pretend to be inclusive and accessible, it has to go beyond a size 18.

While Victoria Beckham’s feelings were well-meaning and optimistic, a familiar trend is starting to reappear that suggests the thirst for thinness still prevails.

“Nothing tastes as good as the lean sensation.”

In 2009, just thirteen years ago, Kate Moss uttered this controversial statement as one of her many mantras, causing quite a bit of backlash. Having since expressed regret, the model spoke to NBC on the increasing levels of diversity seen in mainstream media. “There are so many different sizes, colors and heights,” she said. “Why would you just [have] a one-size-fits-all model being [representative] for all these people?

As the body positivity movement continues to make room for a wider field of representation, and the wellness boom has promoted healthy eating and an active lifestyle, it’s absolutely true that mindsets have changed. But as with all trend cycles, are the cigarettes and smudged eyeliner of the controversial “heroine chic” era back?

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“Smoking is back,” wrote the New York Times as they reported that in 2020 cigarette sales increased for the first time in two decades. Given that the 1990s provided the stylistic inspiration of the moment, it was only a matter of time before attention turned to the more problematic aesthetic of the time.

Grunge and emaciated, skinny limbs and dark circles, the models and it girls of the day glorified being dangerously thin and glamorized drug use to an alarming degree. In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton said that “fashion shots in recent years have made heroin addiction glamorous, sexy, and cool.”

This then saw a resurgence in the days of Tumblr, where people shared pro-ana (pro-anorexia) advice and generally promoted the ideals of thinness. Spawning an unhealthy obsession with calories and a disordered eating culture among young people, it looks like the trend is returning once again.

Filtered through a post-Euphoria lens, we see the next generation falling victim to the idealization of thinness playing out on TikTok. As low-rise jeans and micro-minis become staples, fashion designers across the industry are returning to using the body as an accessory.

While the app has many creators promoting healthy habits and having a positive attitude towards your body, regardless of size, videos romanticizing slimming and body checks continue to circulate.

Ultimately, while Victoria Beckham’s perception of a universally revitalized attitude towards our bodies is hopeful, we continue to fall victim to emerging trends.

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