I think that body image has affected me emotionally. As we all know, the media portrays unrealistic bodies and women edited down until they aren’t really like real people. Young girls are affected and compare themselves to all those fake people. Even if they look at realistic photos as well, the fake ones stay in the back of their minds.
I’ve done it too—looking in the mirror and pinpointing all of the things I hate about myself, but people say, “no, it starts with you.”
You have to say, “I love my body,” and remind yourself of that as often as you can. I think we are taught to nitpick everything about ourselves because society tells us to.
Your friends affect your body confidence as well. I have really great friends who boost my confidence and mindset by saying that I look good. They make me feel good about myself.
Someone you genuinely care about telling you, “you look really nice,” can help keep a positive mindset. Surround yourself with those people who boost you up.
There are also people surrounded by friends that push them down. I think that negativity affects body image because you think that if somebody else thinks it, it must be true.
To add on, I did research about this in my junior year of high school. I wrote a 12-page paper about the representation of women in the advertising world. The main thing causing such negative body image is how people are photoshopped to look unrealistic on social media. It’s an important issue and I think a lot needs to change to be where we should be in the future.
Instagram is a major part of the problem. Posting photos of yourself and photos portraying a life that isn’t necessarily real is causing others to compare themselves to you. It is this never-ending cycle of girls comparing themselves to each other. It’s a big issue.
Though there has been a lot of ignorance on the subject, I think people don’t realize that companies are going in the right direction. For example, the company called Aerie, stopped retouching their ads, though they still choose certain types of girls.
Even the company, Eileen Fisher, focuses on older women who are living their lives with success and are smart and powerful; I think that’s really nice to see.
Teach yourself every day to look in the mirror and say ‘this is what I love about my body’ rather than this is what I don’t like about it.’
My favorite part of my body is my arms, and I’ve always really liked having freckles. I used to have more of them and I actually miss them. My arms also have my freckles, so I think that’s why I like them.