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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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Hannah B. Named The Next Bachelorette: Get Excited!!

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On the season finale of the hit reality TV show 'The Bachelor' Chris Harrison announced the new Bachelorette to be Hannah Brown, affectionately referred to as "Hannah Beast." Hannah made it far in Colton's season of the Bachelor, but hit some bumps along the way. She was involved in serious drama with costar and fellow pageant competitor Caelynn. Not only is Hannah B. known for drama and tears, she is also known for her awkward and often uncomfortable behavior around the cameras. And let's not forget the most awkward first date and toast of all time...Roll Tide!

Despite her awkward and quirky personality, I think the Alabama native is truly a sweetheart. She cannot be judged based on the controversy that took place between her and Caelynn because no one knows the full truth of the story. In my opinion, no one was completely innocent in their "cat fight" but the way in which each girl handled themselves in the resolution of this drama was mature and, quite frankly, impressive. I think Hannah B's season will be full of more tears and could potentially be very uncomfortable to watch at some moments, but at the end of the say, Hannah B. deserves to find love just like any other 'Bachelor' hopeful. It will definitely be an interesting season to watch, so get excited!!

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