I think that ideal figures have been present in all cultures, throughout history, but what the ideal is has varied and also varies from culture to culture. Often the ideal is something that is out of reach for most people and perhaps that's what makes it an ideal. For instance, in the Western world the ideal used to be having pale skin, because tanned skin showed that you had to work and couldn't afford being inside all day. In the mid-1900s this changed. Now tanned skin showed that you could afford going on vacation. In the 1800s the ideal body was fat, because poor people were skinny. Today it's slim and toned, showing you can afford spending time at the gym and that you're well educated when it comes to health and nutrition. So there's really a big class perspective when it comes to ideals, too! There are of course ideals concerning men's bodies too, but women are a lot more exposed in media and advertising and are also often judged by their looks rather than their achievements or personalities. With that said, no, you don't need to have an ideal body. This is just an idea that's planted inside us. Most people don't care if you're slim or thick and if they do, they're idiots and not worth spending your time with.
Yeah it's true but my friends irritating me with my size just bcs they thinner than me.
I love my figure. I'm thick with nice curves. For me it's more about health. I was born with this figure but I want to be healthier