Striking Body Image Video Reveals That Happiness Isn't Always About How You Look

As long as you're happy, that's all that matters.

Blogilates founder Cassey Ho loves fitness, but that doesn't mean she isn't cyber-bullied for her appearance. When it comes to standards of beauty, women, no matter their body type (only 5 percent of the female population has that Victoria Secret look), just can't seem to win. 

"It's hard to be content with the shape of your body when people are constantly telling you how fat you are, how much weight you need to lose, how much weight you need to gain… literally what do people want?" she wrote in a blog post. "The body shaming, the mean comments, the cyber bullying — all of this messes with us… and it hurts."

But telling people about this pain only goes so far. That's why Ho decided to create a video showing people how women internalize these body critical comments.

She dubbed the video "The 'Perfect' Body."

First, we see her after a workout, reading all of her positive feedback, feeling good about herself.

But then she sees the not-so-good ones.

Which get to her, and she immediately starts to question her image.

And even virtually alters her butt, chest and thighs as real body-shaming messages she's gotten flash around her.

She uses the video to show what it's like to be cyber-bullied, picked apart and surrounded by messages of what a "perfect" body looks like. And as we see, it's not fun. The messages keep coming no matter what she changes about her appearance. 

"So what if I changed? What if I had a slimmer waist and a bigger butt? Would everyone be happy then? What if I lived in a world where I could Photoshop my body in real life? Would I be happy then?" she asks in the post.

With women constantly faced with these messages, and the resulting self-esteem and mental and physical issues that can stem from those messages, we're not so sure. What can change, however, is the people who put pressure on women to feel this way in the first place.

Check out Cassey Ho's video below:

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