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Random brilliance from across the blogosphere…
Somewhere along the lines, my daughter will doubt that she is beautiful. Despite hearing it from the moment she was born, despite it being truth, she will pinch her waist, cringe at her complexion, wish herself anything but.
– Jessica Buttram
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It is so tough being a woman in this country. We are bombarded with unrealistic images of beauty from the media, made to feel like we’ll never measure up, and then have to fight off all the easy, fattening food options we’ve put up around ourselves. Men have the same issues, but it is still much easier to be a “successful” man without having to worry as much about your appearance. And, yes, it all starts at such a young age.
I always think of that video where they show the model from walking in to the photo shoot all the way through to the magazine cover. It’s like a completely different person. The make-up and styling is only the smallest part of it. The photo-shopping is the crazy part. They make her neck longer, her face thinner, her eyes bigger and further apart, her forehead, ears, lips, nose, hair – every single thing about her face is changed in some way. So, these images that are making us feel bad about ourselves and the little things we would like to change about ourselves – it’s all based on something completely fake.
Exactly, but we still buy into it! It gets easier the older I get, but we all want to be pretty, even us old gals!