Negative Self Image And Your Inner Critic

The other day I came across this article by Girls Gone Strong about feeling good about yourself, and I’ve been thinking about it on and off ever since. It happened to land in my inbox at the right time because it really resonates with a few ideas I’ve had buzzing around my brain recently about negative self image.

It also just so happens to coincide nicely with an event that has recently been flooding social media/the news/everywhere I look: the Victoria’s Secret Show — aka the annual “let’s make women feel bad about their bodies” show :p

Exhibit A!

Okay, so the Victoria’s Secret Show, as I’m sure you know, is an annual parade of beautiful, slim, long-legged nymph-like wonderbeings, dressed in impossible combinations of underwear and showgirl style backpacks. (See exhibit A:)

Now obviously this is just a show like any other fashion show; they use the girls like walking clothes hangers and it’s all about the glitz and glamour. However, as with most marketing aimed at women and girls, there is still an undercurrent of subtly saying, “Hey, buy these things and you might be as beautiful as these women!”

So that’s where the Girls Gone Strong article comes in.

“As women, we’re supposed to be a perfect combination of features… many of which require possessing a certain set of genetic attributes.”

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