In today’s society there is so much pressure to be perfect. With celebrity influences, peer pressure, and social media we tend to feel like we’re not perfect until we closely resemble what others perceive as perfect. Seven in ten girls suffer from self-esteem issues thinking that they “aren’t good enough.” This can result in depression, bulimia, anorexia, or self harm.
The things that peers, friends, boyfriends, or even parents say can influence an opinion on oneself for a long time. We are told that we should be perfect but not too perfect and that we should be happy but not too happy. There’s so much pressure from media that points out their ideal perfect body. This can result in self doubt or self harm that will “help” us get to where society says is perfect.
A while back Victoria’s Secret had an ad about the perfect body. They had a line up of skinny, perfectly thin, and all one in the same models. There was so much scrutiny against it that after a while they took it down. People believed that the models, although looking flawless, did not define what perfect was.
Everyone has a different body type and there is no such thing as the “perfect” body. If we lessened the influence of social media or models on the ideals of what the perfect person looks like we wouldn’t have to worry so much about whether or not we have a bikini ready body, but rather if we are happy with where we are.
Photo by Silvia Viñuales