Celebrity fitness instructor Cassey Ho photoshopped herself in this video to show the absurd ideals we have for women's bodies.
I love this video. In addition to the social commentary about women's bodies, the use of CGI to simulate real-life photoshopping is incredible. Cassy Ho is a fitness instructor and social media phenomenon who deals with a lot of negative backlash from insecure Internet dum-dums.
Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh. (via YouTube)
A "perfect" female body means having a large chest, a big butt, and zero body fat. Since fatty tissue is what makes up both appendages, this body type is not possible unless you are a character in Grand Theft Auto, or you've been plasticly surgerized.
Everyone is obsessed with voicing their unwanted opinion about women's bodies. Whether it's a creepy catcalling dude or a spiteful Instagram troll, sometimes it feels impossible to bear the burden of your blood and guts being housed in a woman skin-suit.
Cassey Ho's fitness inspired body positivity is exactly what we need right now. She even got meta and posted comments she received in response to her photoshopped body:
Wow guys. The response on yesterday's post was moving, incredible, and shocking all at once. Thank you. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm happy that many of you clicked over to watch my short film when you saw my new "perfect" body. You experienced the most powerful video I have ever created. You saw me strip down my confidence and self esteem. You saw me raw. Hurt. And vulnerable. For those who haven't seen it yet, please click on the link in my bio. I wanted to post again because there was a weird phenomenon that happened when I posted this photoshopped picture. On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me. What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be "goals." 2. That some people still think it's not good enough. It's tough knowing what's real and what's not when magazine covers and music videos are photoshopped (yes, music videos), Instagram pics are photoshopped, and so many women are getting surgery. How are we to know what kind of beauty can be naturally achieved when everything around us is so deceiving? If you want to know what you can do to help stop body shaming, all I ask is that you share the video with at least 1 person. That's all. After countless days of shooting, weeks of editing, visual effects, and lots of hard work from a team of amazing people, my short film was turned into a reality. Thank you to James Chen, James Jou, and @smashboxcosmetics for helping me bring this to life. #madeatsmashbox I hope you guys liked it. I love you. Stay beautiful.
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These comments reinforce why she made the video in the first place. Good things are happening though! I mean, if supermodels are showing their stretch marks, we're on the right track.