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Body Image and Self-Esteem

When a teenager turns on their tv, opens a magazine, drives around town, or uses their phone they notice advertisements of a thin woman and a muscular man. Adolescents are taught that they are deemed to look like these models. And this very fact goes hand in hand with self-esteem. The media exposes us to conclude that all those models who are tall, fair, flawless and somewhat perfect is the image that we necessitate to run after. Majority of the active members in social platforms start feeling bad about their body and body image which takes a toll on their confidence and overall sense of pride that they should have.

However, we do not realize that most of what we see on social media to some extent is all bogus and fraudulent. The same models that you deem perfect do their makeup for 4-5 hours and even after that their images are photoshopped. None of them just have the "body" they are made to a remorseless amount of exercise and are almost starved. What we see on a poster, a billboard or even your Instagram discover page is nothing but people hiding authentic excellence under 1000 filters.

In today’s world, the excessive use of Photoshop can be found in the majority of the photos we see. From advertisements to magazines, we are endlessly surrounded by unrealistic images. In a society that promotes a flawless physique and features as the “norm,” young girls and women often feel the pressure to conform to the unrealistic expectations promoted through digitally altered photos.

Not only does excessive use of Photoshop on photos send out a poor message, but it also can cause low self-esteem and body image issues.

Instead of being used to enhance the quality of photos, Photoshop is used to completely distort a woman’s body into something it’s not.

Models that are already scarily skinny are made even smaller by magazines and photographers. Their waists are shrunk, their arms and legs become nothing but bones and every imperfection is completely erased.

Some photos go as far as to morph the women into figures that are impossible to achieve in reality and are nothing short of Barbie-like.

The negative message these photos send out, especially to someone who is already struggling with their image, is awful.

Realize that it was never said that having spots on your beautiful face, or having cellulite, or being short or tall, or fat or skinny, or fair or dark was "not perfect". It's on us. We are the ones who blindly believe every fake picture on the internet and in the run to become perfect do not realize that, what we are running behind is non-existent.


Writer - Hrishita Dev

Editor - Priyam Kusundal

Graphics - Jhem Picache


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