Why do women hide their breasts
WOMEN LIKE BOYSHow high fashion debases our bodies
Designer fashion aims to help women achieve emancipation by directing the focus away from female body features. The typical designs show cool silhouettes for androgynous bodies without buttocks and without breasts. But does emancipation really mean ignoring naturally feminine curves? A comment.
She is followed at every turn and can be found in the American gossip press every day. Unfavorable photos, malicious headlines and insinuations adorn the title pages. The tenor is the same everywhere: it is fat and it is getting bigger and bigger. Kim Kardashian, an American IT girl and model, is six months pregnant and is expecting their first child with friend and rapper Kayne West.
Let's change the scene. Germany's Next Topmodel. Heidi Klum is deeply disappointed in one of her protégés. Model offspring Christine is aware of this and looks ashamed to the ground. She is not booked at castings because of her size - she is too fat and her hips are too wide.
We live in a society in which pregnant women can no longer be seen to be pregnant and young girls, whose BMI is presumably alarmingly low, are exposed in front of the camera. These are the ideals with which young women grow up today. You strive for the perfect body and know how it should look: androgynous. Small breasts, narrow hips and a childlike appearance are the measure of all things.
An article by Bettina Weber that appeared in the Tages Anzeiger also deals with the question of why large breasts and femininity are not welcomed in the fashion industry and among designers.
Designer fashion doesn't like breasts
Bettina Weber illustrates the logic, big breasts are the same as the tabloids, small breasts are the same Vogue on the example of Victoria Beckham. Once a spice girl and soccer player, unmistakable silicone humps used to adorn the décolleté of the fashion designer. A few years ago, however, she had the implants removed again. Success in the fashion business came with the small breasts. Weber has the following explanation for this: The industry does not like breasts. For the following reason: “But fashion loves these boyish bodies because they symbolize youthfulness. In other words: breasts and hips make you old, because they not only stand for femininity, but also for fertility and thus for motherhood. But because it doesn't want to reduce women to that, fashion doesn't like breasts ».
Now it is praiseworthy that women do not want to be reduced to their breasts alone, but they are part of our femininity and our body. If the fashion industry ignores this, it is not making fashion for women, but for the lean bodies that women are in. 70A is then nothing more than another ideal of beauty besides 90-60-90 that most women cannot achieve.
And who says women are reduced when they live their femininity? There is nothing obscene, nothing vulgar about it. It just means that we stand by our bodies and not hide what defines us as women. That we wear fashion that flatters us and makes us shine. That we like to be women and identify with our curves.
Women do not free themselves by giving up their femininity
Bettina Weber believes that the fashion industry wants to free women from role models that they have been forced into, and in the same breath throws us into the next: the role and body image of a 13-year-old boy. Women shouldn't be seen as sexual objects - but neither should they be seen as women. Where does the idea of having to fix emancipation to physical curves come from? We free ourselves from classic role models by not allowing any restrictions to be imposed on us and by going our own way. But not by giving up our femininity and denying what and who we are.
And the fact that the fashion industry, which is often scolded, is more progressive than, say, the music or film industry, ”as Weber claims, remains questionable if most clothes only look good on slim women.
Fashion is and has always been a pioneer for the lifestyle of entire generations. Chanel costume, mini skirt and jeans were not only a fashion statement, but also a social statement. But if today's fashion bans everything feminine because it believes it will emancipate itself through it, it runs the risk of creating a generation of women who will lose themselves.
It would be progressive, however, to accept the various forms of the female body and to design fashion for each of these forms that women can wear confidently and proudly. No matter what chest and hip size you have.
Photo: Louis Vuitton
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