Thursday, 23 October 2014

Ridiculous Standards of Beauty

I know I'm not the only one who is sick of feeling constantly pressured to stay thin so I can be considered 'beautiful'. We are bombarded with diet plans and images of thin women who look amazing all with the message that we will be more attractive if we lose that few pounds...

What people forget is that as well as photo retouching and clever camera angles these women probably have fast metabolisms and small frames anyway, so trying to emulate them by cutting out foods is just not going to work.

Now I know what a lot of you are going to be thinking:

'Remember the days when Marilyn Monroe was the most beautiful woman in the world?!'

'Yeah! Real women have curves!'

Sorry guys but that's not where I'm going with this...

As far as I'm concerned that's just a different beauty standard which is just as unrealistic as being really thin with zero effort. When people say these things what I hear is:

"Yeah the modern beauty standard is stupid and degrading...lets have this one instead."

Here's a novel idea, how about we don't have any beauty standard at all? What we need to remember is that what people consider 'beautiful' comes down to 100% opinion. So trying to divide people up into these categories that define them as beautiful or ugly is ridiculous. Everyone has something beautiful about them. Absolutely everybody.

We are trained to focus on the things about ourselves that we don't like, most of the time so we can buy things that we don't need. What I'm suggesting is that when you look in the mirror you try and focus on the things you love about yourself. Don't worry about what other people will like about yourself, they really aren't that important.

You can do whatever you want to your appearance, gain weight, lose weight, dye your hair, don't dye your hair. wear loads of make up, wear no make up, wear boys clothes, wear dresses etc. as long as it doesn't harm you and is done for yourself. It doesn't matter what other people say, their opinion doesn't define you.

So lets just throw out these unattainable beauty standards and just say everyone is beautiful, because honestly everybody is, we just need to learn to embrace it!

Let me know how you guys feel in the comments :) x 

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