Updated: Oct 31
As our society continues to perpetuate the mentality of the perfect face and body, a lack of body confidence and self-esteem is breeding an environment where many people suffer from self-hate and an unrealistic view of beauty.
Due to society's unrealistic body standards, teenagers are under immense pressure to achieve perfection and develop unhealthy habits. There is a widespread feeling among many young people that they are not pretty enough. This feeling has been perpetuated by the unrealistic images portrayed in the media that make them question their worth. Increasingly, beauty is being measured not by uniqueness, but by how long your eyelashes are, how plump your lips are, and how thick your makeup is. To think that external factors determine how pretty or attractive we are is proof we live in an illusion. According to a study conducted by the Huffington Post among 18-34-year-olds, more than half of the participants said they felt ugly or unattractive because of their social media feeds. Social media excessive use is associated with deteriorating self-perception, and excessive time spent on it has a significant impact.
As a result of this toxic environment, we begin to compare ourselves to others instead of acknowledging their beauty.
Despite the fact that it's impossible to achieve perfection, our society forces girls to compete. They are forced to beat themselves up if they can't and to strive to be the prettiest with the perfect body.
Social media also reveals a recurring theme of validation seeking. The desire for acceptance is directly linked to the need for many likes on a post.
Whenever I consider these most recognisable photos, I immediately think that if the average person posted them, no attention would be paid to them. However, when a celebrity posts it, it is a winner. So superficial have we become in our behavior? There is no doubt that these entertainers are not our leaders and most likely they are paid for their work.
Apparently, according to a study conducted by Bradley University, men tend to be more silent about their appearance and body negativity due to shame and embarrassment if they do not have the so-called perfect body. Society puts constant pressure on everyone to achieve the perfect body, the perfect partner, the big house, the money, the car, and so on. According to Samaritan.org, male suicide rates were 15.8 per 100,000 (12), while female suicide rates were 5.5 per 100,000 (12). The highest suicide rate was found among males aged 50-54 (22.5 per 100,000).
Due to media portrayals of ideal beauty, girls are more likely than men to pay attention to their appearances.
As a result of the beauty positivity movement, societal beauty standards are being challenged. It will allow for an inclusive society by removing unrealistic body standards from the modeling industry, which will have a positive influence on teenagers growing up today. Creating an inclusive environment is essential to letting people feel comfortable in their own skin. This includes a diverse range of beauty.