Helen Anderson Makes Some Damn Good Points About “Body Confidence"

16 September 2016, 10:27 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:20

We the Unicorns

By Charleyy Hodson

TBH, she makes some very good points.

YouTube is a beautiful melting pot of a variety of races, cultures, genders, sexualities, body types and pop culture geekdom. However, with beauty standards in 2016 still aligning strongly with tall, slender and blemish-free men and women (thanks to the mainstream media), some creators still feel like they're being pushed into being "body confident" all because they don't fit the norm - and Helen Anderson is sick of it.

In a new video uploaded to her channel that talks about her experiences with fat-shaming comments across her YouTube channel and Instagram account, Helen reveals the truth that she doesn't understand the need for people to be "body" confident - and that instead they should be confident both inside and out. She talks about never really noticing her body type "until [she] started YouTube", when people would suddenly feel the need to comment on it. You can see her "honest opinion" below:

In fact, Helen believes the whole idea of "body confidence" further alienates plus size people from the norm by distinguishing their body time as something they should proud of BECAUSE it's not the idyllic perception of beauty. The video continues on into a discussion about feminism and the need to place women in a "body confidence box" if they're not "skinny", but we're happy to see a YouTuber speak so openly about a sensitive subject.

What do you think about Helen's "honest opinion" - is "body confidence" an empowering term used to unify men and women against the media, or is a way to subtly signpost bodies that aren't conventional? Let us know in the comments below.