In the last few months I’ve been noticing companies, individuals and celebrities attempting to show the world that everything they see on the media is not real but “photoshopped”.
Starting from the Lammily doll, finally a doll which will clean up the mess Barbie created is here! What was Barbie’s contribution to children? Skinny, big breasts, blonde, blue eyes and too much make up, Barbie is a doll which matches with what the media defines as the physically “ideal” woman.
What happened next? Unlimited number of diets to loose weight were launched, possibility of breast implants were offered, brunettes changed their hair colour to blonde (I see nothing wrong in changing hair color as long as you also accept your natural color), blue contact lenses were a trend, … and so on finishing with women doing surgery to look like a real life Barbie or their favourite photoshopped celebrities.
|Valeria Lukyanova a.k.a. the “Real-Life Barbie”|
Lammily is a newly launched doll created in realistic average measurement of a 19 year old woman. Not only that but they also launched a pack of Lammily stickers containing various imperfections like acne, stretch marks, cellulite, bruises, tattoos, etc which you can stick to the doll to make her look more realistic.
|Children playing with Lammily doll and her tattoo stickers|
In my opinion the concept of the Lammily doll is good, however they shouldn’t stop there. Once it catches on, it would be nice if they create dolls in different body figures, skin tone, hair color, hair type and eye color cause in reality some people are born skinny / with big breasts / blonde / blue eyes / tall, but not looking like a real life Barbie. Mattel had created dolls with different hair/eye color but they all had the Barbie body measurements.
Other celebrities like Keira Knightley, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Kate Winslet and Jamie Lee Curtis protested against their heavily edited pictures on media. They are aware of how they look and they accept it. These celebrities don’t see themselves in the pictures and they are worried that this gives a false image of how they look to their fans. You can read some of the celebrities’ protests on Time.com.
The aim of this blog post is to tell you that most of the time the media gives us false information. You don’t need to drastically change how you look for people to accept you. Starting to accept yourself as you are naturally (skinny/curvy/flat/tall/short…) will lead to discovering that nothing is wrong with your body. You will also discover that there were people who accepted you as you are from the start but you didn’t realise it before cause you were busy pointing out your imperfections. Self-acceptance is not obtained in a snap of a finger, but it’s a process that takes long to complete. Still not everybody will accept how you look, but the people that matter will.
From experience, the people that don’t accept you are the ones who feel threatened by you cause you look better than them.