Picture Perfect

How our society has defined beauty

Peer Pressure

Before Photoshop was around, models would spend hours in the makeup room and studio for a photo shoot and you'd actually have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get a picture of the sunrise. Nowadays, we can get all the same images that they used to with the click of a button. (http://www.makeuseof.com) Any products created by Adobe, has astoundingly transformed the way that our society looks at beauty. Teenage girls across the U.S. are purchasing magazines such as Seventeen magazines or Vogue. Inside these magazines you can find ads that feature what our society has defined as "picture perfect" people. We open up a magazine or news article and see ads such as Victoria Secret or Covergirl and immediately think, "Why can't I look like her?" "Why doesn't my makeup do that?" The answer to whatever questions go through your head when looking at these advertisements is: You can't. You just simply can't; and why is that you might ask? Believe it or not, the girl in the magazine is not even the girl in the magazine. Today, our world has developed the technology and skills to turn a homeless looking woman into a flawless model.

This has caused girls to become insecure and full of self-hatred knowing they can't be that girl in the magazine. We are so caught up on covering ourselves with pounds of makeup, or spending hundreds of dollars on our hair and starving ourselves to be skinny that we are missing the big picture. Everyone is too busy trying to be someone that doesn't even exist without the power of technology is just ridiculous and a waste of your time. We worry about people we don't even know and what they think; due to the exposure with the selling of these ads and the long process it takes to make girls look like that. When really, we should be focusing on the people who loves us for who we are, regardless of what we look like. In reality, who’s to say that anyone’s definition of beauty it the right one? (http://www.lifescript.com)

"You were born an original, don't die a copy." -John Mason