Today the 88th Academy Awards will unveil one of the greatest mysteries of the year: will Leonardo DiCaprio be finally receiving an Oscar for his role in the film The Revenant? Anyway, this year controversy it’s at its highest peak aside from DiCaprio’s Monday memes. For the second year in a row, all the nominees for acting categories are white. Talented actors such as Will Smith and Idris Elba -who were nominated for the Golden Globe Awards last month- didn’t make the cut for Academy standards this time. The entire main cast and director of acclaimed movie Straight Outta Compton is black, but the only nomination received was for its screenplay, written by whites.
As a woman who has felt the pressure and body shaming during childhood and teenage years, I have developed a deep feeling of self-consciousness. Being a grown woman puts everything under the perspective that no person walking on the surface of the Earth is perfect. If I had the opportunity to speak to my younger self, I would tell her that when somebody has nothing better to do than approach you and point out your flaws, it’s because they want to hide theirs. True 100% of the times.
If I had to speak about a single expression that embodied all the fight for acceptation that women were longing for decades, that would be ‘body shaming‘. Think of it: it’s a revolutionaryconcept because it puts the focus on the person who humilliates and devalues the other rather than blaming someone for not meeting the ever-changing criteria of what’s beautiful. (more…)