As a young girl, images of airbrushed models and “perfect” figures in magazines really impacted me. I began plastering my own face with thick layers of foundation as young as 15 years old because I worried I wouldn’t be liked without it. Now I am 25 years old and feel much better within my own skin… but it took me years to realize that my worth lies way beyond my appearance. Are we going to let the next generation of girls go through the same torment and waste years trying to build self-esteem through the wrong means?
The YouTube Generation
I have noticed an epidemic that may seem inoffensive at first, but upon closer inspection, clearly requires our intervention. We are letting children be educated by YouTube. I know many young girls ranging from the age of 7 to 15 who stay glued to the screen, watching makeup tutorials for hours. Now there is nothing wrong with having a passion for makeup and being playful about it, but this art is a double-edged sword that can also make young girls feel self-conscious, associating beauty with 3 pounds of makeup and exaggeratedly contoured cheeks.
I know it’s difficult to control what our kids watch, which makes it all the more imperative that we expose them to inspiring and truthful content, so they can learn the difference between reality and illusion. The following video, created by the wonderful Kate Maree O’Brien, is the PERFECT video to show young girls and women who are held in the grip of mainstream influence.
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