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Beauty Standard – Are You Beautiful?
In the past two decades of my life, I’d been overwhelming myself with pity-inducing materials. Listen to my so-called friends, telling me what I should do to get a guy properly. Finally, I’m beginning to be sensible of the alarming view of society of “beauty.”
So when can we consider ourselves beautiful?
Every day, we are flooded by images of the supposedly “flawless” body.
In magazines, media, internet, we are hypnotized to believe that an extra small size shirt and twenty-four waists line is the definition of “perfect body.”
These air-brushed, filtered, and photoshopped beauties became our role models. The perfect image is a 36-24-36 body and takes note that boobs and butt should be big yet proportioned.
We should have impeccable rebonded hair, flawless face painted by makeup, and a body covered in tight, branded clothing.
This sad truth made me pity the new generation and myself.
Why do we have to abide by society’s definition of beauty? Every time I looked down at my short legs and my somewhat bloated stomach, my dark blemished skin, my crooked teeth, and my dry wavy hair, I despised myself. Why can’t I just be like those models on TV?
Why can’t I just be beautiful?
People are getting obsessed with makeup, weight-loss pills, glutathione, branded clothes, or anything that will make them feel better and more beautiful.
Instead of teaching the young generation about inner beauty, about appreciating beauty in everything, we are teaching them that they should meet some requirements to be considered beautiful.
To pass the standard of beauty, they should be “perfect” and abide by society’s standards, resulting in anxiety and self-pity (like I do).
Yeah, blame the advertisements, blame the technology, and blame ourselves because we are part of this so-called ‘society.’
We try to hide our skin imperfections by using filters and makeup. Starving and overdosing ourselves with slimming pills.
Coloring our hair just to be trendy, not because we wish to but because we need to. We use glutathione and Kojic soaps for our skin. We think that these will change us…but no, they don’t.
We’re still the same on the inside.
Yes, I become aware and sentient, at the same time, I remembered something. I have no obligation to meet society’s standard of beauty.
I don’t have to succumb to the pressure placed upon women to be beautiful because my worth, and the respect that I deserve, should not be depended upon my beauty as others perceive it.
This may sound cliche and overrated, but you who are reading this, are all beautiful.
We all have the qualities that make us unique. Don’t succumb to society’s expectations.
We are not on a magazine’s cover.