A research exploration of fashion and resilience by MA Fashion Studies graduate Kim Jenkins
It’s been interesting to see the “revenge body” situating itself in the media as a phenomenon aiding women in fashioning resilience. The “revenge body” has become a recipe for resilience, incorporating celebrities as allegorical figures who have overcome their emotional struggles by sourcing their bodies and their dress as a defense tool to avenge psychological upset and to assure those around them that they will survive.
On June 2, The International Business Times (A.U. Edition) published an article, entitled “Caroline Wozniacki Survives Split with Rory McIlroy; Flaunts ‘Breakup Revenge Body’ at a Miami Beach”, reporting that professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was recovering from a recent breakup from Rory McIlroy by, as described by IBT, “flaunting her sexy physique” and assured us that she “looked happy and effortlessly sexy in a dark blue and turquoise bikini”.