How can we fight the pain?
Pain emotionally and physically is a tough battle to combat.
We present our best selves online. With the prominent rise of simple-to-use photo editing apps such as snapchat and instagram, there’s pressure to make our best selves even better. With endless ways to digitally delete a pimple or an out of place hair in a selfie, why would you let your followers see the real you?
Looking one way online and another in the mirror may be making many young women despair about the disconnect. After all, those likes aren’t for the real you; they’re for the facetuned you. If people are complimenting a girl for looking in a photo that’s been self-corrected, what does that say to the girl?
In 2014, more than 160,000 teens ages 13-19 had cosmetic minimally invasive procedures, such as chemical peels, injectables, and laser skin resurfacing. 63,000 had surgical procedures such as nose reshaping or breast augmentation, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Do you feel like this number is rising or decreasing?
Selfie culture means you have to be camera-ready at all times said a surgeon patient. She started out as a creative consultant drawing on her lips; from what started as chemical peels and laser treatments to acid injections in her lips. Even after these procedures, she continued to refine her image online.
Instagram has given rise to an unattainable beauty standard with special thanks to Kylie Jenner. Her noticeably enhanced lips sparked a social media phenomenon known as #KylieJennerChallenge in which people went to dangerous measures to temporarily inflate their own lips using a shot glass as a suctioning device. Her sister Kim receives fact lifts, booty and breast implants among another long list of surgeries.
We see these extremes in the media, and these images translate into real life requests by young women aspiring to their cosmetic ideal.
Instead of continuing to chase a false reflection, decide to stop editing pictures.
There is an unattainable beauty being shoved down our throats. To not follow that ideal is a form of revolution, and it is a very scary revolution to do on your own. It can seem like you’re the only person in the world sometimes who isn’t perfect but take the mirror away from close up. Stop focusing on the minor things you want to change and think more about the big picture.
Love yourself and love the perfection that already exists within our existence alone!
Young girls don’t need to control their changing bodies by putting injections of chemicals into our bodies. Do you wonder how that may affect the future?