when u call shotgun but ur friend still runs for it
Does it ever occur to you suddenly that something you always accepted is incredibly wrong? I remember one time I was eating grapes and I suddenly looked down at them and thought, “These are nothing like the natural, organic grapes we grow in our yard in Romania. These are elongated and huge and tasteless. What am I even eating?” Another time I was looking at the news when it suddenly occurred to me how we accept war as a normal anthropological phenomenon even though it is one of the most unethical things in the world. It’s essentially a select group of people with a lot of power who don’t get along and decide to kill millions of innocent people.
Today, what occurred to me had nothing to do with grapes or war—it was about beauty standards. I was scrolling through a fashion website looking for potential things to buy when I realized that there was absolutely no diversity. All the models (shown above) had the same body type, the same height, the same weight (or should I say underweight?), more or less the same hair, and the same make-up. How fucked up is it that there is a specific height and weight that you have to be in order to be a model? This beauty standard does not represent women of color, overweight women (or even women of average weight), women with short hair, women with very long hair, short women, women of different cultures, women with monolids, women with pink hair, women with tattoos, trans women, women with lots of piercings, handicapped women, women with body hair, women with headscarves, etc.
And the sad part is, this goes completely unnoticed. We are so accustomed to seeing these images with 0 diversity that we start to blame ourselves for not fitting in with them. The biggest problem it causes is the surge of eating disorders, but you don’t have to get in that critical a situation to be negatively affected by the beauty industry. We see the product of this industry every single day when we hear, “I’m such a fatass for eating this piece of cake,” “Are you sure you want to get that tattoo for the rest of your life?” “I get that she’s proud of her heritage but this is not the place to wear her traditional costume,” “Honestly, her weight just shows a lack of self-control,” “I would get surgery if I had her eyes,” “Her boobs are so fake,” “Her piercings make me want to throw up,” “Her body hair is so disgusting,” and so on. Maybe it’s time to move past this intolerance and conditioning of beauty standards, and accept that everyone sees beauty in different things.
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