Small Talk Sunday // Instagram & Social Media "Glamour"
It's been a little while since I've done a small talk Sunday and this one closely follows suite in the theme of the others in being judged and having confidence, however this is a subject i want to touch on as over there last few weeks it has been bothering me a little more than usual. Photo's and image has become such a massive and important thing to our and the younger generation that it's scary, like seriously. I want to use Instagram as a main social media focus in this because i think it's the most used to portray the "perfect" image and daily i see hundreds of beautiful photo's and girls saying comments such as they wish they could do that, wish they looked like that, or hateful comments on the appearance because it isn't done "right" or they look ugly.
Why are we currently promoting this kind of "glamour" where makeup looks are photoshopped to an inch of their life, where it is impossible to ever naturally look that good and calling it the most beautiful. Through this constantly surrounding us and being drilled into younger generations they now feel ugly because they can see their pores and their skin isn't immaculately smooth or their lips aren't big and plump. It's almost like makeup has become a weapon and if you don't do it the "right" way your ugly, which is far from the truth and extremely sad. Also linked with this is how many likes or follows it can get and if you don't have enough it's not beautiful and like you should feel some sort of shame in that and again that isn't what makeup is about.
Sure i will take a handful of selfies to find the right one, that level of vanity i think is just human nature to want to look good and i will slightly edit some by adjusting lights and shadows, I'm not going to lie and say every single image i post is raw. However when you delve into the realms of smoothing out skin and distorting it from all reality that's not good and not promoting a healthy image to others around us. I feel like social media glamour has completely taken over what it means to be beautiful and we need to change that before we have a lot more confidence and self esteem issues around.
If all bloggers and youtubers took this stance, didn't edit as much and openly said this isn't right than i think that would be a start, it's ok to be exactly how you are and wear makeup however the hell you want cause there is no right or wrong. And yes edited and photoshopped images are beautiful and can be appreciated however not used on every single selfie where it comes across like that's how you naturally look and be open and truthful that you have edited the photo so people know. Promoting an image that is unachievable isn't cool!