As women's perception of their own body focuses on devaluing it rather than responding
positively to it, current research on positive body image among women today is scarce.
Previous research on the topic has mostly examined a negative body image and the
relationship between media and the body. Considerable research for this study has been done
by Frisén (2014) and Christina Holmqvist Gattario (2013), their studies have discussed the
motives behind a positive body image, which has proven to be a focus on the body's function
rather than appearance. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to find out how young women
develop a positive body image. This study is qualitative in nature and consists of eight
interviews conducted among young women aged 20 to 26 years. The theoretical framework
selected for this essay is Roland Paulsens’ (2010) development of Pierre Bourdieus’
(1979/2010) theory of Physical capital and Fanny Ambjörnsons’ (2003) theory of Making of
femininity. The results of this study show that relationships with a boyfriend or family, have
played a crucial role for the perception of a positive body image.