Every woman wants to look beautiful, and why shouldn’t she?
Body Image has a significant impact on one’s self-esteem. Women face the pressure to look good much more than men, primarily due to societal and cultural conditioning. What is the definition of beautiful? Well, today beauty standards are exceptionally high because they are set by the flawless faces and beautiful bodies of actors & models in movies, television, magazines and billboards. Today’s youth have far more exposure to such content as compared to their mothers. What they don’t realise is that those actors and models have gone through nose-jobs, surgeries, several beauty treatments and of course, hours of make-up. And it doesn’t end there – their pics are then photo shopped to get that impeccable look. Actress Sonam Kapoor highlighted this when she recently tweeted a picture of herself during a makeup session, with concealer around her eyes and various other parts of her face. She very aptly captioned it with – “Even actors need color correction”.
Decades ago, curvy was considered beautiful and today it’s come down to ‘size zero’. Personally, I feel Madhubala and Hema Malini looked sexier than Kareena Kapoor in Tashan, the movie that brought size zero to Bollywood. Today, we hear of school kids dieting hard to achieve that elusive size zero. Teenagers are falling victim to anorexia, bulimia and dysmorphophobia.
Anorexia is a disorder where a person goes on an extreme diet, practically starving oneself, to lose weight. Bulimia is a disorder where a person eats and then deliberately vomits, so as to stay thin. Dysmorphophobia is a deeper psychological disorder where a person sees oneself as extremely ugly in the mirror. In early 2006, Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston, 21, died of anorexia on the eve of a Paris photoshoot after living on a diet of apples and tomatoes. The death of Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos at the Uruguay Fashion Week in 2006 led to the ban on size zero girls parading at the Madrid fashion shows. The list goes on. Actors and models follow certain diets and work-out regimes which are not easy for the average woman. Even after all that, they too are not spared from body shamming.
There is a difference between wanting to look beautiful and being obsessed with matching up to the beauty standards of actors and models. Set your own standards rather than getting pressurised by socially constructed ideas of beauty. There is no perfect skin tone, weight, height, size or shape. As Conrad Hall, an American cinematographer, stated - “there is a kind of beauty in imperfection’’. Most portrait photographers consider asymmetrical faces more beautiful than symmetrical ones. So stop striving for that perfect face or body. No matter what skin tone, size or shape you are, you are a woman – a beautiful creation of the Universe. In the quest of enhancing your beauty, don’t lose yourself.
Some of my beauty tips for all the beautiful women:
Stay beautiful always!!