Embracing Our Unedited Versions

By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief –

Throughout my time exploring social media on the platforms of Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, I have noticed a pattern in body image trends. Most of which surround the idea of sharing the best versions of yourself as woman, highlighting the key aspects that are considered “attractive.”

Whether it is Photoshop, Facetune or colorful filters that are utilized, there is never an “unedited” version that is seen by users. Because of this, an almost “false reality” has been created on social media, where women are held to high physical appearance standards. Seeing women flawlessly photoshopped can be triggering on young women who are still unsure of what they are supposed to look like, or who to look up to.

Many times in the past, I have compared myself to models on Instagram, feeling slightly discouraged because I fail to appear runway ready as they do.

Recently, a unique trend has emerged on Tik Tok where women show multiple “real” aspects of themselves, to encourage others to proudly show what they look like most of the time.  This includes showing off body hair, stretch marks, acne, cellulite, rolls, scars, etc. Looking at the comments underneath these video trends, the number of women relieved to see some type of reality and normalcy on social media, is countless.

Viewing these videos myself, I feel overcome with inclusivity, because for once there is a beauty trend focusing on natural bodies without regret or shame. I look back at my high school and early college years when I heavily struggled with body image complexities. Issues that down the road led me to become unhealthy and unmotivated, as is the case for many others.

It is essential to spread the message that not all women walk around with a full face of makeup, nails done, waxed eyebrows and blemishes covered 24/7. I am confident that supporting each other without judgement of body types or features, generations to come will not fall into holes of desperation, depression and self-comparison.

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