I think we need to embrace ourselves instead of tearing ourselves apart. We are trying way too hard to fit in. We are starving ourselves, plucking ourselves to death, damaging our hair, suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. Some of us are addicted to plastic surgery and have unrealistic expectations of ourselves.
As a whole, the society today has made us all feel ugly. We compare ourselves to celebrities that have full time personal trainers, makeup artists, stylists, they take professional pictures and have them airbrushed and now our youth is looking to them as a depiction of beauty.
Lately it has really gotten out of hand. Girls are dying from anorexia, and injections and surgeries. No one wants to be real anymore, everyone wants to be a part of Hollywood. Underage girls are getting boob jobs and I just find that completely DISGUSTING.
I know that this statement will start a riot but its from my heart with good intentions. Black woman are bleaching their skin and getting injections to fit in the latest trends as well, I find this especially sad, all this time the black woman has fought for her rights as a strong black woman and now wants to bleach her skin to fit in with the white woman standards? HELL NO!!
My daughter will embrace herself as a black italian greek woman and Ill be damned if she tortures herself and bleaches or tans her skin and straightens her hair and tears herself apart to fit in with American beauty standards.
I am speaking from experience, I have been a victim of this myself. Years I have tried to fit in with others in the latest fashion and image standard and felt so insecure and outside of myself. I have gotten quotes on plastic surgery for the dark circles under my eyes and the laugh lines next to my nose and the tummy tuck procedure. I have dark curly hair that I have bleached and tortured with heat. I have spray tanned and baked in the tanning beds to the point where I have burnt my skin. I have extreme dieted and have survived for months on end only eating broccoli and veggie burgers. I have tortured myself for years trying to fit in.
As a woman I am now taking a stand against this torture.
FUCK This. I am who I am. I will not conform to societies standards!
I have curves and muscles. I have dark curly hair. I have dark circles under my eyes. I have laugh lines and surprise lines. Im wearing a shirt I got off the clearance rack at express and I dont shop at high end stores because at the end of the day, my soul and spirit is more important then my image.
I have been skinny and blonde and I was miserable.
The media is making us miserable.
REBEL AGAINST IT!!
Remember when our fashion icon's looked like this?
Now this is what America calls a Fashion Icon???
WHAT HAS AMERICA DONE TO OUR YOUTH?