I’ve learned something recently.
Something that has taken me over 30 years to figure out.
I’m actually ok with being me!
Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with body image but I’m quicker to kick myself in the ass and correct myself about it now! Maybe age has something to do with it, but I feel the pressure is probably more on someone my age than in their 20’s…because let’s face it…youth is beauty at it’s ripest!
I’ve started to wonder, why does ‘the natural look’ involve a 5 step process of contouring, 6 layers of foundation, a touch of highlighter and some lashes? And then on top of all of that we go and put a filter over a perfectly flawless photograph!!
Why are we risking our health injecting poison into our bodies to flatten out our wrinkles?
I tell you, each of my wrinkles could write a book! But I’d rather they disappear with a jab of a needle! Why? We spend thousands of our hard earned money on customising ourselves adding implants here and there to shape our bodies into something that just isn’t ‘natural’.
Why??? Society…that’s why.
Us, you, me, her, him, they.
Media, celebrities, friends, family.
Somebody telling us that this is what ‘perfect’ is. But there is no such thing! And even if there was I can tell you one thing that isn’t…Plastic.
We live in a world where it is near impossible to love yourself, so we try to make a better-looking version of ourselves, slightly chipping away at our natural self with each jab of the needle, until we are left looking at a stranger in the mirror!
Would you love a stranger?
I remember singing ‘Barbie Girl’ when it was first released 20 years ago.
What an earworm!
You can’t tell me you didn’t sing along when Aqua came blaring through the radio! What a fun song!
What you probably don’t know, is Barbie Girl was written as a comment on society and how unrealistic body image was affecting women!
It was marketed as a fun song because Mattel (the creator of Barbie) sued the record label over the defaming lyrics and it had a negative affect on the famous ‘perfect doll’, however, Aqua won on the grounds it was written as a novelty song!
I now look at this song in a completely different light and hear it a completely different way… This is my version of Barbie Girl.