OPINION: Photoshopped mags and hashtags

THIGH gaps, thigh brows, Kylie Jenner lips, Lorna Jane outfits, paleo tummies and Snapchat-worthy smiles.

With the media jumping on any sniff of a new body image trend, it's no wonder young girls are confused about what constitutes a perfect body.

One of the more popular online stories I've come across this week has been comedian Amy Schumer "breaking down" about her body image issues.

News outlets were quick to broadcast her moment of honesty without the quips that sometimes - just like all of us at some stage or another - she feels so "blah" about her body she doesn't feel like getting up on stage.

We've all been there while standing in front of a mirror. Nothing fits. That dress is too tight. Those jeans that fit perfectly yesterday just aren't cutting it today. I'm ugly. I'm too fat. I'm too skinny.

I'm too normal. What am I doing with my life, etc. I'm growing tired of stories about what food is going to kill you or what exercise program Megan Fox made her lose baby weight fast or what latest part of your body is now the new "hot".

(FYI I think it's earlobes this week.)

It used to be the case that "pear-shaped" women were the in thing. Then it was the skinny thigh gaps of the world taking over. Now the Beyonce-like curves are back. Oh no, wait, they're gone again.

The photoshopped mags have been replaced with Twitter hashtags with the likes of #thighbrow #thighgap and #belfie (which means butt-selfie - yes it's a real thing!).

Hey, if girls want to follow those trends, that's their prerogative. Personally, I don't really want to join the craze that sees your face swell to twice its normal size in the name of copying a nothing celebrity.

If I knew that would come into fashion, maybe I shouldn't have spent the day in bed after that wasp stung me on the face back in Year 6.



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