|done with app: Plump & Slim Booth|
Celebrities aren't perfect, they look that way, magazines endorse this falsehood, we all whine about it. We move on.
Because we have to. That's a different world from ours-- another life, a full new set of standards and a ruthless industry with which to contend. Sure, it's unfair & misleading, but ..
...I'd want my zits & cellulite edited before appearing before billions too, right?
|done with app: Perfect365|
And sure, to be fair, it's more than that. It's arm fat, stomach rolls, cankles - human traits we've been made to think are inhuman.
But, in all honesty, we've also been made to think that celebrities are inhuman - so somehow, the surreality of the pair go hand in hand.
Of course Cameron Diaz has Barbie legs.
Obviously Miranda Kerr is flawless.
It's second nature to assume so.
|done with app: FaceTune|
I'll be the first to admit that my own naivety and wishful thinking have clouded my judgement. That is, until I received an e-mail from a concerned individual alerting me to just how severe this seemingly innocuous phenomenon has become.
Body image doubts, perpetual envy, uncomfortable comparisons - they're all now an inherent part of social media.
For those of you who have managed to rise above it, teach me.
For the rest of you, I feel you.
And you know what doesn't make it easier?
Not Vogue/Marie Claire/Seventeen photo editing,
I'm talking Jo(anna) Blow editing her arms to be 3 inches thinner on her style blog,
or Susie Q squeezing a small gap in between her thighs on Instagram (it's being done, folks, and frequently too).
|done with Photoshop|
It's one thing to blur over a pimple,
it's another to reinvent your body for online publication while operating under the pretense that it is your own. Especially when you're running something as "every woman" as a grassroots fashion blog.
Aspirational avatars are one thing,
blatantly manipulating the minds of others to believe that they're not worthy while you are, is...
And so easy.
|done with app: SkinneePix|
And with such a low barrier to entry,
it has a disproportionately high cost.
I don't know when all of this will end- or if it ever will. I don't know when false standards and unattainable physical ideals will fade away.
I kind of thought bloggers would do it,
but maybe it's built into human nature. Maybe there will always be a glass slipper into which we cannot fit. But if so, I hope to continually be part of the movement of people combatting what may be one of humanity's most destructive traits.
Not finding ways to perpetuate it.
(save for the illustrative photographic purposes of this post, of course)