Beauty is skin deep

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Jocelyn Leal, Editor-in-Chief

Through the power of globalization and increased technology, people today have access to ideas from all over the world. One approach is how people should look, or what the “ideal” person looks like. This is furthered through social media, feeds being full of makeup tutorials, beautiful people, new clothing styles, and workout routines, all to fuel the search for what the world believes is a “perfect body.” The public, especially insecure high schoolers, see these and use them as a basis for trends and basically just increased conformity.

People cannot help being attracted to someone due to how they look. In past centuries, it was animal nature to choose a mate who looks healthy enough to survive and produce strong offspring. In today’s world, however, this instinct should not have any hold, as humans are the most advanced of all species on earth with no predators, and the continuation of it is incredibly damaging to humans today, both mentally and physically.

Most advertisements that are seen today show stick-thin models, or guys with six-pack abs, in order to sell clothes, but they really just make people think “I want to look like that,” and thus the “ideal” human is created in the minds of millions. Then, if people do not look this way, or fit into the specific mold crafted by society, they are shamed, bullied and ultimately put down for
Speaking Out: Special K releases its body positivity campaign. Many companies decided to release campaigns like this, including Calvin Klein, Dove and American Eagle.

something that is not their fault. Today, more and more companies are releasing their body positivity campaigns, showing how people should break the beauty standards set by society.

Journalist Katie Fehlinger for CBS3 was shamed for being on air while she was pregnant. For everything from her hair to her makeup, or the dress she was wearing, the online trolls would not cease, and she became upset because of it.

“It hurts your feelings when someone is just telling you your hair looks terrible,” Fehlinger said. “You sometimes feel like they want all journalists and all broadcasters to look the same,” from Jenice Armstrong’s article on the topic.

This shaming of people can lead to serious consequences. Anorexia and bulimia, depression, plastic surgery (which can be botched) and even suicide can all stem from negative body image and not fitting into society’s mold.

Since humans are no longer in an animal state and are the apex predator of the world, there is no reason to look a certain way and there is certainly no reason to shame someone else for not looking like a Victoria’s Secret model because, news flash, nobody is perfect. This “ideal human” is a standard that is made up in our heads, as seen through how beauty standards have changed over time.

There is so much more to the human race than how people look. Instead of judging a person based on appearance, people should consider all aspects of a person, including their personality, charm, intelligence, kindness and humor. Because after all, beauty is only skin deep.