The Weight of Perfection

So you want to be perfect?
Firstly, there’s no such thing as “perfect”, nobody and nothing is absolutely perfect no matter what anybody tells you. The stigma surrounding different sized bodies is saddening. Nobody should be made to feel horrible about themselves because of lies thrust upon them by the media and society.
The reason I come baring this pressing matter is due to the fact earlier today I read an absolutely shocking article on Elle online. Myla Delbasio has been labelled as “plus-size”. I would personally love to know when size 10 became plus-size? Now I understand that in the modelling industry most models are a (rather terrifying) size 0 – 4. Why? What is this obsession with still making that size seem ‘healthy’? It’s incredibly dangerous to be so depleted in weight. Myla is absolutely beautiful regardless of her size.
‘They’re romanticising this serious illness…’
In the article, it’s also stated Myla “spent years abusing Adderall, crash dieting, and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to ‘straight size’”. “Flirting with bulimia” – it’s almost as if they’re romanticising this serious illness which is quite grotesque. Even by just pin-pointing what she went through to work her way to the top of the modelling game is absolutely horrific. There is no reason why anyone should feel the need to put themselves through hell just to be a part of their dream profession. Modelling industries need to put their heads into 21st-century gear as what they portray on their magazines and runways is unhealthy expectations. The women who put themselves forward to walk these runways and be a part of these shoots often have underlying health problems, and an extensive list of them. The list includes conditions such as Anorexia and Bulimia.
You might be thinking, “well it’s their fault, they made themselves do that to be a part of that career”. But how can you possibly know that? There are so many reasons why people do the things they do; pushy family members, underlying mental health problems all so they can be happy in what they do. Those are only a few reasons why people feel the way they do towards a particular life choice.
‘My own self-esteem is rock-bottom most of the time…’
The media plays such a huge role in today’s society. It’s no wonder with all the thin, beautiful models gracing magazine pages and websites that people feel so horrid about their own appearance. Personally, I understand this feeling because my own self-esteem is rock-bottom most of the time and seeing those kinds of pictures just makes it worse. As I’ve heard from other peers, and folks on the internet, I’m not the only person who feels that way. Take into consideration the amount of Photoshop work that actually occurs on the majority of these models before they are published. “Just a little nip and tuck there, thinning on the cheeks, airbrush those blemishes” – I bet those are just a few of the things editors say.
Of course, everyone has their flaws, but remember – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s time you, and myself included, became the beholders of our own beauty.
Much love to you all,
Luce xo

 

(Find the ELLE online article here)
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