Social media is making people, especially young people, become anxious of the way they look. Especially when they follow celebrities like Kylie Jenner who makes it a big thing to have big lips and then once everybody hops into the trend of having big lips and and making young girls believe their lips are too small she decides to have our fillers removed and promote that people should look natural. These are the types of celebrities (who have millions of fans and followers on social media) who are constantly making and changing trends and making young girls believe that they should also be changing their appearance and making them uncomfortable in their own skin.
I am a huge fan of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, I love watching it but at the same time I despise it. The only women you ever see walk the show are skinny, I know most models are but it seems that during the period of this show they go to extreme measures of working out more and eating less. When I was younger the VS show wasn’t something that young people would really watch but with how big social media is the show is watched by millions of young girls who then find that these models are their new ‘body goals’. This is my healthy for young girls as they are then starving themselves as they believe this is how they are supposed to be looking.
Magazines are also setting a bad example for body expectations. They are either putting these super slim models into the front of their magazines or they go to the next extreme and put a plus size model. I have nothing against plus size models, I think they are all beautiful no matter their size but it seems that magazines go for the largest plus size model who tend to be extremely obese. This is just as unhealthy as putting a skinny person on the front. You are showing girls that it is either good to be skinny or good to be obese. All we ever hear on the news is that we are suffering in the UK at the moment with a rise in obesity in children yet we are showing them these pictures which is leading them to believe that to be ‘normal’ and have a ‘perfect’ body, you should either be super slim or obese.
What about the average sized woman? When do you ever see positive images of size 10-16 women? This is a healthy size and the size of the average woman, yet they are never published in magazines or praised throughout social media.