In the beautiful and modern world we inhabit, it is important not to form an opinion of people based on their physical appearance. Nowadays contemporary women are bombarded with hundreds of images that intend to inspire them to be physically perfect. The notion that beauty lies within every woman is fading out. This distorted idea is the marketing driver for many brands that want to convince us that there is a way in which all women can be physically impeccable.
Social media is taking over a lot of time in people's lives. What appears throughout social media is a distorted view of reality thanks to filters and apps that alter the natural beauty of women. Young girls are growing up without giving importance to their intrinsic beauty. The perception that real beauty comes with the artistry of being natural is fading away. Models and influencers throughout Instagram rigorously retouch their posts, not exposing their real looks and instead, creating a make-believe story. The concept of perceived physical perfection is harmful when it comes to accepting bodies in relation to the ideas embodied. With the constant use of social media, women are regularly exposed to unachievable beauty standards causing damage in their confidence and self-esteem. Instagram is showing a “perfect lifestyle” that everyone is supposed to be living except that that isn't always the case for the person scrolling down.
With the use of filters, you can look thinner, have bigger eyes, a perfect six-pack, and a beautiful beach glow. Yes, your look is “perfect” in a social media world, but that's not real life. And sadly, people are beginning to trade their real social life for a fictitious life in social media.
Young girls are boosting their confidence levels based on how many likes their pictures get. Each like creates a positive feeling, but how long will this fake confidence last?
It is more important to reinforce confidence, value a person's unique personality, abilities, social skills and attributes, over how someone looks. We should lead with the example to be mindful, accepting our bodies with complete inner peace, understanding that each person is different but equal. Lets never forget that the first look at beauty must come from looking inside one's soul.
Audrey Hepburn once said, “Happy girls are the prettiest”, and yes, most beautiful people are the ones that feel confident with their own selves and are happy with who they are.