These days, women are forced to fulfil many expectations from the society. One of the expectations is about how they need to fulfil certain standard to be labeled as beautiful. That being said, beauty standards are set by the society.
Unwittingly, many of us tend to judge women’s beauty mainly from their physical appearance. For instance, in Indonesia, beauty is defined by lean physical body and fair complexion skin color. Thus, if the woman is skinny and has a bright skin color, she can be categorized as beautiful.
Social media such as Instagram and Facebook also ‘unintentionally’ helps to promote these beauty standards by allowing us to edit our pictures through the filters to promote the ‘best’ version of ourselves fitting into such standards. The viewers then believe that they are far inferior.
Not surprisingly, these phenomena have established insecurities among women who do not fit into these criterias. They feel unsatisfied and even get depressed about their body or their appearance. With the expectations to meet these standards, as an example, many plus size women undergo an unhealthy strict diet that might causing anorexia, while dark complexion women take skin whitening to make their skin brighter, which in many cases the-beauty-products promises to provide immediate result without concerning the safety ingredient of the products.
What is wrong? Beauty is often distorted by many pressures. It cannot be defined by only ‘íf you are not fit into those criterias, you are not beautiful’, it is much more than that. We need to broaden our perspective about beauty because it can take many forms. Beauty standards should be defined by ourselves. We need to believe that beautiful comes from within. Personally, I believe that beauty is when someone gives me a warmth feeling inside. A handy person, for instance, is the example of what I called beautiful.
Every woman is beautiful. Don’t let society put pressure. Put your bright smile and show your glowing skin. Keep in mind that the most important thing is to stay healthy and happy. Happiness can lead to the inner beauty, the thing that still holds significant role but often is forgotten.
By : Virly Churianti