The entire standard of beauty for women is a farce. I took twenty-five years to realize that I have been brainwashed to think that skinny white women are the most beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, white women with flat stomachs are indeed beautiful, but beauty is not limited to fair skin and thinness. Beauty comes in all sizes and colors. Black, brown, Asian, tanned, pale, muscular, skinny, curvy, chubby, blue eyes, black eyes, green eyes, one eye. Beauty is everywhere.
It is difficult for most people to conceive that a curvaceous women can be consider outstandingly gorgeous because we are constantly bombarded by the opposite. It’s not just the media that bombards us, but we do it ourselves. I have done it, through endless reblogs of the same type of woman and my idealizations of the woman I want. And you probably have done so too. We grow up with only one standard of beauty because that is all what we see. Media is dedicated to brainwashing women to aspire to achieve that standard of beauty and for men to aspire to have sex with and romantically pursue that one standard.
It’s time we, as a society, open our eyes and start seeing beauty where we haven’t seen it before; in every curve, in every imperfection, in every blemish, and in every color. It would be foolish for me to say that we should transcend physical beauty and just look at the inside, because humans are naturally built to appreciate the physical. That fact is inescapable. However, we are not naturally built to appreciate only one standard of physical beauty! That is ludicrous. Humans thrive in diversity and able to appreciate a wide spectrum of beautiful things and people.
So let’s leave behind this sense that only this is beautiful or only that is attractive. Let’s stop this senseless persecution of women who don’t fit the “standard”. Let’s stop perpetuating this terribly damaging false sense of beauty by stopping the reblogs, retweets, and regrams of the same type of woman over and over. For men, let’s give that curvy women a second look, let’s not talk down to friends who don’t conform to what you think is beautiful, and let’s praise diversity! For women; it’s time to appreciate your unique qualities rather than aspire to have someone else’s qualities. Stop reading Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Maxim, and whatever magazine that perpetuates sameness.
Beauty comes in all sizes and colors. Let’s open our eyes and notice the unique beauty of each and every woman.