I Woke Up Like This: Or Did I…?
Flawless. Used to describe Beyonce maybe, but we know even Queen B did not in fact wake up like that. With the constant bombarding of social media and photo shopped women everywhere you cannot escape the idea of perfection. Such idealizations of perfection are not realistic and are having a negative effect on young girls. Why aren’t my lips as voluptuous as Kylie Jenner’s? Where is my thigh gap? What the media fails to show and young girls fail to see is that it’s all a facade. Needles gave Kylie full lips and a few hours on photo shop created that quarter centimeter between her thighs that young girls alike crave. What we all need to realize is that there is no such thing as perfect. We should be embracing our flaws and unique attributes that make you,you. Images of flawless women won’t go away, but what every girl needs to recognize is that these celebrities are very different from us. We don’t have their kind of monumental means to keep up with this idea of perfection. No normal person has a huge glam team to ensure every cuticle is trimmed, each pore minimized, every lash curled, the list goes on.
Scarlett Johansson took to Facebook to share her own ideas on high beauty standards in today’s society.
Johansson writes “Behind the glamor, behind the make up, behind all those flashy clothes, there’s an ordinary girl who just happens to have an extra ordinary job. I have seen young girls follow celebrities and try to be one of them. They try to attain perfection, have the perfect body, perfect skin tone. They aren’t fully aware of the fact that behind the looks there are a lot of designers, make up artists, and photoshop/video editing. Their whole sense of beauty is flawed. There is no good to looking good if you are conscious all the time about how you look. You should be care free. Love the real you. The way you are so that even if you are without makeup, you can look into the mirror and with a big smile embrace your imperfections. Just imagine if you don’t even love yourself how do you expect anyone to love you. So first and foremost learn to love yourself by being who you are and not what the world wants you to be. All you need to do is have a great heart and be compassionate towards others. I hope you spread the message and let the world know that you value inner beauty more than the outer appearance.”