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Trends come and go, but self acceptance is forever. That’s why we’re so happy to see a steady rise in body-positive fashion, designer styles in a wider range of sizes, and ad campaigns that promote many different ideas of beauty.

Burlesque Beauty and New Plus-Size Underwear

Dita Von Teese is a long time champion of curvy girls everywhere, and in 2014 she teamed up with Bare Necessities to create a gorgeous lingerie line that offers beautiful plus-size intimates. The line features cheeky names like “Madame X” and “Sheer Witchery” and “Savoir Faire.” The best part: the sizes range from 32B to a 44E! And The full-body pieces go up to a size 22. These pieces are reasonably affordable, making them both stylish and inclusive.

Leading Ladies Breaking the Mold

Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling, Melissa McCarthy… these women are proving finally bringing a fresh dose of reality back to the entertainment world. Not only are these women beautiful, they’re absolutely hilarious.

Recently, Schumer received a Glamour Woman of the Year Award and brought the house down. The video is definitely NSFW, but it’s worth a watch! As Amy said in her acceptance speech, “I’m not going to apologize for who I am and I’m actually going to love this skin that I’m in, and not going to be striving for some different version of myself.”

Remember… the “Perfect Body” is a Shifting Ideal

Currently, it’s all about that bass. And although that can be empowering for some, it’s important to remember that ideas about the perfect figure have changed drastically through the decades, often swinging from one ideal to another. Just look at the 20th century. The roaring twenties were all about the dropped waist, androgyny, and short bobs. Then, between the thirties and the fifties, curves were the desired figure du jour, and the fifties marked the era of the extreme hourglass. Then, the sixties brought the decade of the waif. The eighties were the era of the supermodel, all long legs and athletic. The nineties saw a return to a slender ideal again, with the concept of heroine chic.

What is the point of all this? That there is no one perfect body. Trends can be fun when it comes to fashion, but they can also cause self esteem issues to those whose bodies aren’t ideal for the clothing and sentiment of the current era.

Throw Out the Rule Book

If you can, try to forget dressing for your body type and dress in clothes that make you feel happy and vibrant. Seek out positive role models that encourage positive body image. If you feel like wearing a bikini, wear a bikini. Most of all, try not to adopt the “wait until later” approach. “Once I lose 10 pounds I’ll buy clothes I love,” etc. Buy the things you really love now!

From Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty to increasingly visible plus-size and differently-abled models, society is finally celebrating many different shapes and sizes.

Healthy is the new beautiful, taking care of what you eat, having routines that help freshen up your skin, keeping your hair illuminated and more natural, having a more light skin, tired of the orange tan and spending hours under the sun or in tanning beds, that is the new challenge accepted by women who want to feel beautiful without harming their own health.

What Makes You Feel Beautiful?

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This is a guest post from Cassie Brewer

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