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"I am not cruel, only truthful, “said the mirror. She chucked it away and the glass shattered into a gazillion smithereens. She was Sylvia Plath. Decades changed and mirrors evolved into mobile stowaways. What remained constant was her dissatisfied frown. But she has something she didn’t have the last time. A dimple here, whitened incisors, another red highlight and we are good to go. She now likes to be called @CuteSylP. Welcome to the 21st century where the remote to your snaps is in your hands. Don’t like acne? Just filter it out! Want a slender nose? Filter again! Your pictures and your social media are full of these porcelain snapshots of you clinging to the modern hypocritical, ostensible ‘beauty standards. But hey, as long as everyone does it, it’s okay, right? It’s okay for as long as you don’t walk into those 4-cornered frames of critique: mirrors. Then you see it all; flabby side-rolls, double chins, uneven bangs; and that haunts you. You frantically look for yourself in it, where is my angular jawline, which was of course never there in the first place. That is when you start wishing: wishing to have those sparkly eyes and those cupid lips in reality; thus, dangling yourself on the ledge of newfound narcissism.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) compels teens to look like plastic versions of themselves. This jeopardizes their self-esteem and limits self-love. They are so convinced by the ‘perfection’ of edited images that subtle mortal imperfections terrorize them. Unlike traditional times, they don’t want to look like Angelina Jolie or Audrey Hepburn; they want to look like impeccable copies of themselves; which is all the more derogatory as every face has certain ‘flaws’. Adolescent victims failing to achieve benchmarked echelons of ‘beauty’ obliterate their mental health brutally.
While we all would love to look picture-perfect 24X7, every untamed liking catalyzes into obsessions. Unrealistic beauty standards demean an individual’s identity and compromise his/her confidence. Teenagers are bound to be insecure, but those who embrace their true selves are the ones who blossom into mature adults. Snapchat
and YouCam will always be there for some minor enhancements, but you are the most beautiful creation that no app could recreate. That constellation of freckles is inherently beautiful; accept it for what it is: a part of you. Do not abandon your innate beauty to adjust to the vaunted demands of a judgmental society. Be bold, strong, and proud of yourself. Carry yourself like a twinkling medal of honor because you are one ‘The most beautiful you can ever be is yourself’; act like it! So, the next time you look into the mirror and see yourself as a tangible and real person, smile. That is when you’re truly beautiful.