Monday, March 5, 2012

Brazilian Woman and Body Image

Brazilian women and body image: what we can learn

by Lexi Thoman

When Americans think of Brazil, they typically think of three things: beaches, parties and beautiful women. 

Even though I would have to say that all three accounts are, in fact, very true, people tend to forget that every Brazilian woman doesn’t look like a carbon-copy of Gisele B√ľndchen. And while Brazilian-cut bikinis might look dynamite on people with her figure, if you put the same suit on someone else, the results might not be as visually appealing.

Regardless, this is what you see when you visit any beach in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro: women of all shapes and sizes squeezed into microscopic bathing suits that you would never see in the United States. While I had been warned long ago that I should leave my conservative gringa bikini at home, I never would have expected Brazilian-cut bathing suits would be a prerequisite for each and every female beach-goer, regardless of age or level of physical fitness.

I am not going to lie; the first time I visited the famous Copacabana Beach in January, I was pretty shocked by what I saw. For every young and beautiful Brazilian woman in a bikini on the beach that day, she was handily outnumbered by women with far less flattering figures. I couldn’t understand how some women would ever think about wearing such absurdly tiny bathing suits while a more conservative one-piece would be more flattering on their body type.

And I am ashamed of my reaction today.

After living in Brazil for nearly two months now, I have come to recognize a thing or two about Brazilian women that I think American women could stand to learn. Brazilians don’t grow up trying to hide their imperfections or flaws — they are taught to embrace them. It is because of this that a woman in her 60s can stand on the beach next to a 20-year-old bathing suit model and feel completely comfortable in the same bikini.

I know plenty of friends back home in the states who are already weeks into their extreme diet/exercise regimens for the perfect spring break beach body, and they are all completely miserable. 
I tried to explain the concept of spring break crash diets to my Brazilian host mom, and she just started laughing. “You American women all want to be perfect! It makes you so uptight. Relax. Life is too short to worry about that kind of thing!”

It is very hard to argue against that logic.

In the United States, girls are bombarded from the minute they are born with images of rail-thin models and perfectly toned celebrities. And if their bodies do not fit into either of those two categories, they are taught that they should be ashamed of themselves, hide their imperfections and slave away on a treadmill until they are perfect. 

I can’t count how many times I have been at the pool or the beach in the United States and heard someone say some variation of, “She really shouldn’t be wearing that bathing suit.” I must admit, those words have left my own lips before as well, but I realize now just how superficial and vain I was.

If my time on Brazilian beaches has taught me anything, it is that it doesn’t matter what bra size you wear, what number is written on the tag of your jeans or if you are 17 or 70. What matters is that you have the confidence in yourself to not care what others think about superficial things like your bikini body because in the end, it really isn’t important.

So be yourself, laugh often and go ahead and have that second piece of cake.

What's a Brazilian Wax?

What's the difference between a Brazilian and Hollywood wax?

Question: What's the difference between a Brazilian and Hollywood wax?

Answer: The terms have been used interchangeably, but there are differences. Brazilian waxes often leave a small strip, triangle or oval shape piece of hair in the front, while taking all the hair in between all the way to the back by your bum. Waxing Hollywood style removes all of the hair, front all the way to the back. 

Names are often created at salons and spas so that you know how much you're paying, and they book the right amount of time while having an idea of much hair you're looking to remove. Just waxing the bikini line is much less work and doesn't require as much time or product as waxing all of the hair. So the price points vary for these different styles. 

While there are a lot of names or styles for bikini waxes, most people determine for themselves how much hair they want left or removed. You don’t need to be locked into any one kind of bikini wax, just go with your personal preference.

I recommend working your way from a regular bikini wax, to a Brazilian and then remove it all. Waxing your bikini area bald from the get-go may be more than you bargained for. Removing hair from the root gets easier over time. 

--by Naomi Torres, Read more.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brazilian Wax & Workouts: How to Be a Natural Brazilian Beauty

Brazilian Wax and Workouts… 
How To Be A Brazilian Beauty, Naturally

by Laurel House

Want to have the kind of body that a Brazilian bathing suit was designed to drape over? When traveling to Rio de Janiero, the city that, to many, pretty much defines the ideal image of “beauty,” it’s no shocker your average chick might for a moment wonder: “what trade tricks can I pick up…” And that was my mindset when I boarded the American Airlines non-stop flight from Dallas to Rio. Ok, so I didn’t just board, I did a pre-flight Quickie Workout (pretty much the greenest workout around) while standing at the gate waiting to board (after all, I was about to endure a 10.5 hr flight and I wanted to get my metabolism pumping), plus butt squeezes and knee lifts mid-flight to keep the circulation going and minimize my chances of a blood clot… ok, so it was also a last ditch to tighten my backside in preparation for that feared/loved Brazilian bikini. READ MORE at Planet Green.

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Building a Brazilian Body

What does it take to have a hot Brazilian body? Good Nutrition and a fun exercise routine.

Yes that's right no gruelling workouts- unless you like that sort of stuff.

The Brazilian diet consists of whole grains, vegetables, hearty meals and fun meal times together with family and friends. If you want a body like a Brazilian your going to have to eat and love it!

In addition have you noticed Brazilian men and women love to dance, typically the samba? Samba is a high energy latin dance genre and yes the kilos will fall off if you decide you want to shake your booty in a Brazilian dance class or your alternative which is just as effective is ZUMBA.

So do you have what it takes to have a brazilian body? Go out and enjoy eating wholesome nutritious foods and start dancing!

--from Gabrielle Maston Dietician & Exercise Physiologist