One big contribution to the reasons why people feel they need to look a certain way is obviously the media. Isn't it funny how those who are on the cover of all these mags, don't have one single blemish on their face. Are they like superhuman? Err... No, it's all edited. I'm not saying that those on the cover of magazines are ugly but it's so easy these days to create a false image of what you want others to see. Personally I think Instagram can make you look like a supermodel just by using a filter (okay maybe that is a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean). The media only create these looks to sell. In the 1950s the ideal figures of women was to be voluptuous, they aspired to look like female stars such as Marylin Monroe. Then comes the 1960s and women and girls aspired to look thin and have a boyish figure. When models such as twiggy were around.
I really wanted to show how easy it is for magazine editors to change the way someone looks. So I decided to have a go myself. I took this picture as soon as I got out of bed ad decided to do a little editing and it actually does look so different from the original! I'm sorry my editing skills are very poor but I tried as hard as I could to get the point across.
If this is what I can do at home with a free online editing website imagine what those rich magazines use! Here I've obviously made my skin clearer and it seems like I've lost a couple of pounds too. Maybe a better example is this video produced by Dove http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U.
There is no point in listening to what others have got to say about your looks. Their opinions are irrelevant. Whenever someone says something to me in school for example I just think to myself who even are you? I'll hardly see them once I've left school; they have no impact on my life whatsoever. This may seem a little childish but these days' people are judged on how many likes they get on a photo on Facebook or Instagram.
What I mean by 'many definitions of beauty' is that we all see different things. It's as simple as me saying I hate the colour green but someone else may love it. Some want to lose weight and look slim others want to put on weight and look curvier. The grass always looks greener on the other side. I guess this bit of motivational a post considering its Monday. Like in the words of Shakespeare "Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye" or this is probably me a more famous quote one I'm not sure where it was originated from - "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Just be happy and comfortable with yourself, I think that's the way forward.