I was in class yesterday and the most ignorant comment was made for why it is acceptable for advertisements to edit photos. It was to the effect that it’s OK because people only want to see the most beautiful people because it will motivate you to fix your flaws.
"Like if you see an ad with a cute pair of jeans it will make me want to lose some weight so I can buy that pair of jeans"
I was clearly mortified at the direction of this conversation and it made me think of how shallow some people can be. In a world where 2% of women would describe themselves as beautiful, “The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty,” I have difficulty understanding this perspective.
Maybe it’s because I am a PR major or maybe it’s because I think the beauty of our world is that we all come in many shapes, colors and sizes, but I just found this entire argument repugnant.
I remembered an article I read on the late Isabelle Caro and it reminded me of how dangerous the beauty industry can be and how insensitive it can make people. I understand the photo above is shocking, but I believe it’s a reminder that we are beautiful the way we are. Caro said,
"I show myself as I am. I’m not beautiful, my hair is ruined and I know I will never have long hair again. I’ve lost several teeth. My skin is dry. My breasts have fallen. No young girl wants to look like a skeleton. … You couldn’t believe anyone would want to look like that. I don’t think there’s any question about it."
Let’s not let her message go in vein. We can not allow little girls to grow up believing they need to change to fit a narrow definition of beauty.
R.I.P Isabelle Caro