For centuries women's bodies have been a subject of criticism - what is beauty? Times have not changed. This week the news has been all a-buzz about Kim Kardashian (an American television and social media icon). Most specifically, there has been much criticism about her butt size due to her latest cover on Paper magazine. Some have even exclaimed that "Kim Kardashian’s butt might just break the Internet".
Orlan, the French performance artist who used plastic surgery to challenge beauty standards, made headlines in the 1990's. Janey Godley also speaks about the beauty of Rembrandt's fat women paintings.
My editorial illustration also challenges what is women's beauty. What is the "ideal" physical body? I don't know if our society will ever stop asking these questions. I do know that it's not just the physical attributes that make women beautiful. Personality plays a higher role in people's psyche than many are willing to admit. Besides, youthful, bubbly beauty - like a fine champagne starts to fizzle and sag over time. An attractive personality and intellect fosters longer-lasting, real relationships - and if you have a big butt all the power to you.