Conventional Body Types

Lena Dunham

I saw a piece in the Huffington Post the other day titled, Women Who Defy Conventional Body Types in Hollywood. It briefly listed women in Hollywood who defy “conventional body types” and have no problem talking about it. A few of these women who defy the norm included Lena Dunham (Girls), Oprah Winfrey, and Kelly Clarkson. 

Kelly Clarkson

This article was confusing to me. It was based on the assumption that the women in this article did not have conventional body types. So what is conventional? I looked up the definition because my understanding of conventional was “the norm.” The definition I found was: “Conforming or adhering to accepted standards. …established by general consent.” Therefore, to my understanding, conventional would be those of us who represent how the majority looks – like the women in the article. However, the article implies that conventional is something very different and is what the media considers beautiful. Does this mean that the norm is represented by movie stars like Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Halle Berry, Megan Fox and models such as Heidi Klum, Daria Werbowy and, Stella Tennant, to name a few?

Stella Tennant

If the media presents us with an idea of what is conventional, beautiful, and the norm, I believe it’s our job to question that. The women in this article with their “unconventional body types” (even typing the term “unconventional body types” seems ridiculous) are the norm. They have beautiful, healthy bodies. It’s time to get our thinking straight and challenge media-based beauty standards.