Society's Standards Of Beauty Are Unrealistic For Women

Society's Standards Of Beauty Are Unrealistic For Women

Nothing less than perfection.
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We as women are aware of the high standards that our society places on pure physical beauty. We don’t really have the choice but to be surrounded by these beauty icons whether it be through magazine covers, billboards, commercials, TV shows, movies and of course social media. So why is it that the standards are so high? Well, let’s first take a look at Jennifer Aniston, who won People’s choice “World's Most Beautiful Woman" of 2016.

Jennifer Aniston has been viewed by our culture as one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. She was recently awarded with "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine. The article talks about Jennifer's healthy eating habits and how she exercises consistently. However, true beauty in her definition comes from within. As she states, "Inner confidence. Peace. Kindness. Honesty. A life well lived." It is true. A woman's real beauty is shown through her inner self. Though it is not all about one's physical appearance, Jennifer has had multiple plastic surgeries. She has had two nose surgeries, that she recently admitted on the Conan O'brien show.

She has also been alleged to having a breast augmentation, laser peel-burning off the top layer of her facial skin as well as botox. The point is she has had a lot done to make her appearance the way it is. We don't tend to look at celebrities and the first thing we think is, "Look at all the surgery they've had done." Instead we look at them and admire their beauty. As actress Mila Kunis stated, “People here want to be everyone but themselves."

These women that we as girls look up to as "beauty icons" have had a lot done to look the way the do. It puts a certain pressure on us to feel the need to look like these celebrities in order to feel beautiful. A huge trendsetter of our modern culture is Kylie Jenner. Kylie has allegedly spent two million dollars on her entire physical appearance. An of course, what she is most well known for is her famous lips.

These surgeries do not make Kylie a bad person or role model for other girls. On her Instagram, she features particularly strong women that have gone through traumas in their lives, and talks about how beautiful they truly are. However, it's good to keep in mind that her pure physical appearance has been greatly enhanced.

We as women should not compare ourselves to these celebrities. The truth is there is a certain standard of beauty in Hollywood. It is unhealthy to try and meet these standards of ones physical appearance. The sad thing is, it's not only these hollywood stars we look up to that influence this way of thinking. For instance, most everyone is familiar with Snapchat and the filters features. One filter that has never been taken out of the app is the "dog" filter.

So why is this filter so popular? If you pay close attention, it actually slims your faces to make it appear thinner. I personally feel prettier than normal when I use this filter because of how it slims my face.

There are so many unrealistic standards that women see in the media about what is "beautiful". Whether we realize it or not, it has a huge influence on our self-confidence. We need to remember that these women that Hollywood portray as "most beautiful" are not people we should compare ourselves too.

Women should feel beautiful from purely being themselves. Confidence is so attractive, and every woman deserves to feel confident. One of my favorite quotes states, "Comparison is the thief of all joy." You are beautiful, and the less you compare yourselves to anyone one else, the sooner you will truly feel your beauty.
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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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