Today's Perception on Beauty

We now live in a generation powered by social media - every detail of your life can be viewed in a collage of photographs on instagram and twitter. Some find themselves pretending to do things to impress others, pretending to look like something they aren't (with the power of photoshop) as without this, we worry what others will say on the internet.

We are socially driven, such a crazy world, in which opinions from someone we have never met and someone that lives in a different country can actually affect how we feel about ourselves! So many are afraid to show their natural beauty and if some are brave enough to do so, then others find a way to put them down. Even being a blogger myself, I feel the need for everything to seem to be perfect. When no one sees behind the scenes or what actually goes on… We place too much emphasis on our imperfections and should focus more on what makes us unique.

 I'm very guilty, a bit of a hypocrite really, to say we should show our natural beauty when I touch up my imperfections! But overall, I actually am happy with myself and I'm starting to not be so bothered by others opinions. I try to understand why some people broadcast them more strongly than I, or others would.

Do you agree girls? We are all guilty of it now and then! We want others to see us how we wish we were. We are almost addicted to appearances and influenced by social media. A perfect example of this, the beauty industry: faces photo-shopped around the world. Not only do we do this to our faces, but we even want our food and newly purchased items to look beautiful by placing them in a certain way, using filters and nice backgrounds to make them seem better.

 In a way, I blame apps like Instagram for encouraging people to live an almost double life - showing off luxuries we can’t actually afford or have, being places we don't fit in too and being people we aren't. 

"Today's unrealistic idea of what is beautiful means that young girls are under more pressure now than they were even five years ago. Airbrushing means that adverts contain completely unattainable images that no one can live up to in real life. We need to help protect children from these pressures and we need to make a start by banning airbrushing in adverts aimed at them. The focus on women's appearance has got out of hand - no one really has perfect skin, perfect hair and a perfect figure, but women and young girls increasingly feel that nothing less than thin and perfect will do."- Jo Swinson
, MP

What do you think girls? Do you use filters and photoshop for your blog posts?Are you instagram obsessed?

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 Thanks for reading! This post was written by Jill from Jill is a Scottish, business student - as well as a hair, make up and fashion enthusiast! Watch out for Jill as her goal is to set up her own PR company... xx

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