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Social media has quickly helped us forget that none of us have picture perfect skin


 

Social media has drastically changed what we view and experience. Suddenly in this digital age, the entire world is privy to private thoughts, intimate moments, and situations that would usually pass without incident are blown up on national news networks. Some are hilarious, but most tune us into trends that should not only concern us but push us towards change.

Spreading rumors and hate campaigns over social media for some likes and retweets has become commonplace. It is more than petty, it’s just plain nasty.

We celebrate dangerous and illegal activity, retweet cyberbullying and encourage racism. For example, The #Don’tJudgeChallenge was supposed to be a campaign to address body shaming using social media but turned into hundreds of thousands of people degrading those who have acne, imperfect eyebrows, or ratted hair. Spreading rumors and hate campaigns over social media for some likes and retweets has become commonplace. It is more than petty, it’s just plain nasty.

Colleges aren’t just looking at good grades either anymore, some scouts spend workdays going through future applicant’s profiles, determining if they are worthy to enter their university. No business would want to hire someone that would be at risk for defaming the company online, the same goes for higher education.

Nobody looks like Kim K’s Instagram posts without some severe contour and filters, not even Kim herself! I’m not shaming those who wear makeup, at all, it’s an excellent artistic tool and can help everyone to feel more confident no matter ethnicity, gender, or religion. However, when as a society we fail to understand the difference between the two, and then equate what people everywhere else in the world look like to what we see and show on social media, we forget what the human body and face appear like.  

This continuation of a trend that is rapidly increasing in popularity, it has girls and boys alike staring into mirrors trying desperately to achieve this standard that has been propagated not only by the media but by ourselves.

We cannot assume real faces are poreless, baked, contoured and with lashes as long as a mile. The push for perfection and the expectation for flawless skin, bodies and social media has turned us into a culture that no longer realizes the difference between airbrushed and realism.

This continuation of a trend that is rapidly increasing in popularity, it has girls and boys alike staring into mirrors trying desperately to achieve this standard that has been propagated not only by the media but by ourselves.

We are creating a culture where imperfect skin, stretch marks, and natural hair are aspects to be ashamed of, instead of the physical effects of being a living human being. As flawed as we are, this set the stage for some of the most moving pieces of artwork ever created. The fact that we aren’t perfect drove the realism art movement, the portrayal of people in their natural state.

There is real-raw-emotion that we can portray when we aren’t worried about superficial appearances. It can change the world and the way people perceive themselves in the future. Celebrities are often praised to Hollywood and back for being unafraid to post “all natural” selfies, why should it be any different for the rest of us? Let us praise and take inspiration from their scars, blackheads, and freckles galore.

Sophia Sheets, adorable laugh, intelligent, creative, can shoot hoops and plays in varsity golf tournaments, Nash Bennett is one lucky guy! Photo Cred: Sophia Sheets
Sophia Sheets, adorable laugh, intelligent, creative, can shoot hoops and plays in varsity golf tournaments, Nash Bennett is one lucky guy!
Photo Cred: Sophia Sheets
Gatlyn Spencer after a successful day in the pool, proof that this girl doesn't need highlighter to shine. Photo Cred: Gatlyn Spencer
Gatlyn Spencer after a successful day in the pool, proof that this girl doesn’t need highlighter to shine.
Photo Cred: Gatlyn Spencer
Anyone who need proof that's it's okay to be confident in their skin can just take a look at Emma Poulson's smile. Photo Cred: Emma Poulson
Anyone who need proof that’s it’s okay to be confident in their skin can just take a look at Emma Poulson’s smile.
Photo Cred: Emma Poulson
August Larson's freckles have held us captive since day one. Between stunning eyes and the cutest button nose, what more could you want?  Photo Cred: August Larson
August Larson’s freckles have held us captive since day one. Between stunning eyes and the cutest button nose, what more could you want?
Photo Cred: August Larson

 

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