Like many others, I love these new campaigns coming out that are drawing attention to the industry of retouching images of models as they create images for ads. The famous Dove Real Beauty sketches campaign and the #realnotretouched campaign by Darling Magazine where this mantra was stated in a recent issue:”Let’s move and shake the standards of media to see women as masterpieces in the first place, instead of a flawed canvas that’s in need of modification.” The distortion of these images to fit an industry standard is a perfect parallel between the connection of insecurity and depression to the appearance of others social media accounts when we “compare our life’s behind the scenes to another’s highlight reel”.
Sometimes with me. I find myself late at night scrolling instagram before heading to bed and end up on a supermodel’s instagram… wah, wahhhhh. Bad idea. Funny how it puts me in a state of mind of not feeling good enough and I get lost in a downward spiral that dramatically leaves me feeling like the ugliest woman on the planet. I find myself lost in a dramatic moment I can’t get out of. It’s an illusion and a game that we never win. The game of comparison.
Finally , when it comes to body image here’s another starting point for perspective. Regarding beauty this has been a conversation of the ages, in different cultures, countries and continents over thousands of years. We only live one lifetime and we happen to live in a time and society that values a 5’11”, perfectly bronzed, size 0 figure as the pinnacle of beauty. Remember precious woman, that hasn’t always been the case. Let’s think bigger. Outside of the box. Let’s be different and fall in love with ourselves and our life all over again… It’s the only one we have. It’s real and reality can be much more beautiful when we make it our home.