“Mama said, “You’re a pretty girl.
What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter
Brush your hair, fix your teeth.
What you wear is all that matters.” “
I bet most of you can recognize these lyrics from the queen Beyoncé’s song. I have liked this song since it came out because it has a message we all should hear.
All we do is chase this perfection that in reality doesn’t even exist. It’s something that is made up by the beauty industry to make everyone – especially women – feel like we aren’t worthy or pretty enough if we don’t look a certain way. Because if we all loved ourselves there would be no need for makeup. And with that most of the beauty industry would die.
So to prevent that they make us feel like we are not good enough if we don’t fit the “standard” of beauty.
“Plastic smiles and denial can only take you so far
Then you break when the fake facade leaves you in the dark
You left with shattered mirrors and the shards of a beautiful girl”
“When you’re alone all by yourself
And you’re lying in your bed
Reflection stares right into you
Are you happy with yourself?
You stripped away the masquerade
The illusion has been shed”
I looked up how many people actually got plastic surgery in US in 2017 to improve their looks and the number I got scares me. Roughly 886 056 people got the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgeries. Plus add to that the minimally invasive surgeries. Again, the most popular ones had big numbers – 12 040 287 to be exact. And these are just the top 5 so the number goes even higher than that. So this means that at least 13 million people in the US turned to plastic surgery in 2017.
I have never looked it up like this but what I found scares the hell out of me because we are a nation that is willing to change our whole being for a made-up thing. Are we really that easy to manipulate?
So isn’t it time for everyone to realize that the need to change shouldn’t be there? I get it if it’s for a reason and if it would really make the person happier.
But it’s never okay to do it because someone else wants you to.
I am happy to see that more and more fashion brands start to accept and broad the meaning of “beauty standard”. That stretch marks are humane and everyone has them so brands like ASOS don’t Photoshop them out anymore.
We are moving towards healthier look on beauty but there’s still also a lot of things to work on.