Is it surprising really that so many of today’s young people develop eating disorders or are unsatisfied with their bodies when we are all bombarded by pictures of a socially constructed ideal of beauty on a daily basis?
Young girls are brainwashed from a really young age to think that their Barbie is perfect and what they should strive to look like themselves. Teenage girls are taught that size zero, tall, perfect unblemished faces are what they should aspire to be like when not even the models they so badly want to look like actually look like that themselves.
Below is a video by model Cameron Russel who talks about photo shop, the modelling industry etc and she really speaks the truth and is completely inspiring. I really do recommend you watch it and hang on till the end – it’s long but worth your time!
The video talks about how the images in magazines, on TV, even in movies are pretty much all photoshopped and sometimes even beyond recognition of the original. This sets an unrealistic expectation and pressure on a generation that already have the pressures of their peers and school and, in more cases than people realise, mental health conditions to deal with.
Here’s the message that should be sent out:
No one is perfect. Your imperfections only add character and depth to you and quite frankly perfection would be boring. No one, nope no one at all, can look perfect all the time and looks aren’t everything anyway. You deserve all the happiness in the world and worrying about some spots or the size of your stomach isn’t going to get you that. Also, no one probably notices what you do – you are your own worst enemy. One of my favourite quotes is “You’ll worry less what people think of you when you realise how seldom they do.”
We all need to learn to embrace our bodies for what they are – flaws and all – it is the vehicle to all your hopes and dreams.
Sorry for that last bit…cheesiness overload! But is is true!
Air hugs for you all,