Maybe I’m naive, exaggerated or just a senile woman, but have you noticed that there’re mini-Kardashians EVERYWHERE?
First, I started seeing women with super fake eyelashes. Then, I noticed that it wasn’t their only “fake” attribute. It could either start with the eyelashes, the nails, the eyebrows, or in more severe cases, botox and surgeries. They have become a walking Photoshop image.
Fun fact: they could be so obsessed that they put on that fake face to go to Shoppers in the middle of a Sunday night… I witnessed first-hand a girl like that, and the funniest part was that she was wearing pyjamas and flip flops, but her face was “peeeeerfect.”
I know every generation has its own fashion trends. In the ’70s, women used similar eyelashes, have you seen Twiggy?
But there’s something different nowadays. This story scared me and pulled out my inner old and cranky lady (shame on me):
I was on the streetcar, three 11 or 12-year-old girls sat by my side, I listened to their conversation:
– Girl one: I’d like to try mink eyelashes.
– Girl two: Mmmm… no, I think you should fill in your eyebrows first.
– Girl three: I’d prefer to dye my hair.
WTF!!! 11 or 12 years old!
It could start like these girls from the streetcar. Then they become the adults I see every day, following Instagram profiles that show them how to “be attractive.” It seems they don’t notice that what they are looking at is a stupid filter!!
So, I followed my nerd instinct and looked for info about it. Turns out that it’s actually a serious condition.
This Forbes article explains that Instagram leads to more comparisons between ourselves and others, more than other platforms, and therefore, our anxiety and depression levels increase.
The Royal Society for Public Health in the UK ran a survey about it. They called it #StatusofMind, one of the respondents said “Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect.'”…
Unfortunately, we can’t help it, we are constantly exposed and prone to feel better when we look like people already admired by others.
The last time I went to a wedding, the girl who did my makeup and hair did a GREAT job. I shared a photo, and it’s still the most liked post on my Instagram (head image of this entry). I felt great, but that wasn’t my real face. Maybe I won’t have that many likes with a different kind of pictures, but thank God I’m still sane enough to say (of course, in Spanish): NI MODO! (whatever, I don’t care).
I’m not saying that the whole idea of makeup is wrong. For me, it’s all about being aware of why we do it in the way we do it because it could easily ignite a mental health problem.
Girls are feeling depressed if they don’t look like the filter on their phones! They think they need to “be” like those not-real women to “be” pretty/attractive/loved/admired.
Trends could be crazy as f**k, but as soon as we follow them to get the self-confidence we don’t have with our real face, we build a fake and weak personality… Don’t you admire even more those women with such character and attitude that it doesn’t matter what they wear, their behaviour (self-confidence) is always the same?