Have you ever been getting ready for a party and realized the dress you planned on wearing made your body look more unappealing than it normally did? Do you wish you had something to smooth out your body under your clothes? If you are as self-conscious as I am, you are familiar with a Spanx. Spanx was created because founder Sara Blakely was getting ready for a party as well and she realized she didn’t have the right undergarments that would eliminate panty lines and also make her body appear firmer. Their mission is to help women feel great about themselves and their potential.
In the 21st century, we are constantly exposed to thin models, actresses, video vixens, etc. Mainstream magazines, advertisements, movies and television shows emphasize and reinforce the importance of physical appearance. Images of women in the media have a powerful influence on the way women view themselves. Thinness is idealized and required for a woman to be considered attractive. Body dissatisfaction has been found to be a frequent issue in adolescence and women in college. Flat stomachs and thin waists are two of the most frequent indicators of a woman's worth according to the media. The solution to every dissatisfied woman is to buy a Spanx, right?
Spanx is a line of shapewear designed to smooth out bumps and provide support to create a firmer look. The Spanx line houses over 200 products; swimwear, panties, bras, shorts, camisoles, pantyhose, men’s undershirts and a wide variety of other undergarments. The original concept was to create a firmer look. Spanx has transformed from a line of undergarments that created a firmer look to several products that can help you instantly look two sizes smaller. But what are the pros and cons of shapewear? The pros are that it works, you will certainly look two sizes smaller but having to pull, hop, jump and suck yourself into it can make you feel anything but attractive. You wont have the muffin top, the extra skin at the bra line or the awkward tummy fat at the bottom of your shirt but spanx can also serve as a reminder that you wish you looked differently.
Spanx are important in today’s society because flat stomachs and slim bodies are important. But who ever said being skinny is what makes women more attractive? In the 1950’s Marilyn Monroe held the ideal body image. She was a size 12, in today’s standard of the thin body type, she would be considered fat. Today society looks at Victoria’s Secret Angels as having the ideal bodies. However original angel Tyra Banks says she’s “all about Spanx, all the time”. Kim Kardashian says Spanx are her “best friend!” Miley Cyrus theory is that “Spanx are a gift from God!” We look up to these mainstream celebrities and idolize their bodies not knowing that they have help...