Content warning: diet culture & body image. I feel like I’ve spent most of my (limited) adult years reckoning with the body image trauma of my adolescence - the toxicity of the 2000s diet culture scars nearly every young millennial woman I know. Being the very last of millennials finds me in a place where my formative teenage years were the transition from “cocaine-chic” to the butts and tiny waists of the Kardashians. I spent my later high school years covering an eating disorder by claiming to be vegetarian, whispering to myself Kate Moss’s infamous quote “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” We weren’t just taught that being beautiful meant being skinny, we were taught that being skinny was a reflection of how disciplined and productive we were, and that our weight somehow correlated with our morality and our value.
FFFFFFF you Kate Moss. Also sad because she was clearly traumatized as well. But still, that quote lives in all our minds.