No perfect body! Why we need to stop stereotyping beauty
The phenomenon of air-brushing and editing photos of naturally beautiful women to make them look unnaturally stunning puts immense pressure on women everywhere.
Fat-shaming, colourism, pimples & cellulite-related embarrassments are harsh realities that play havoc with the self-esteem of women.
Women have become conditioned to believing in the unrealistic standards of beauty set by society. Their self-worth is so very often decided by others' perception of them.
Being dark skinned shouldn't give anyone an inferiority complex, and being fair doesn't make anyone more beautiful. All skin colours and tones are attractive in their own way. Why be judgmental about them?
Being slim or size zero should never be considered the gold standard for being beautiful. Every body type and shape is different and has its own balance. What matters more than being slim is being fit and healthy.
People often buy into fad diets and quack treatments to achieve unrealistic beauty standards.
Yes, the right diet can help one lose weight, stay fit, be healthy. But it's about the right nutrition, not calories. Good eating habits and a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your body.
Quality beauty products can actually help enhance one's appearance and personality. There is nothing wrong with any beauty procedure either, but dependence on these measures can sometimes be unhealthy and dangerous.
It is important to ensure that the diets, treatments and products one uses are in no way harmful to one's body. Also, never forget - what works for one person may or may not work for another.
Social media tends to impact mindsets as well. The phenomenon of air-brushing and editing photos of naturally beautiful women to make them look unnaturally stunning puts immense pressure on women everywhere, and makes them insecure about their own bodies.
In fact, there is no such thing as a perfect body. The concept of perfection is in itself a flawed concept.
Real beauty comes from within. The most beautiful people in the world are those who have a good heart.
It's now time for body-positive initiatives. One's identity should never be swayed by social conventions. One's self-esteem should never be dependent on one's appearance. Appearances aren't everything. Character, values, skills - these are attributes one must seek to acquire or develop.
Don't try and emulate someone else's looks or personality. Be authentic - that's what will make you stand out. If you feel good about yourself on the inside then, no matter what, you - are - beautiful!