Bigger boobs, different color eyes… We, women, want what we don’t have.
According to a survey from a couple years ago, a whopping 92 percent of women were unhappy with their bodies. That sounds like a lot and I personally think some exaggeration is involved. But I also believe whatever they are, the numbers are too high.
Although the media, by pushing unattainable images of beauty, bear some blame for women’s poor body image, we can’t give them all of the credit. As consumers, we are ultimately responsible for, well, what we consume.
We choose the magazines we read, the TV shows we watch, the attitudes and opinions we allow friends to share without calling them out, and the beliefs we hold and do not challenge. We follow people like the Kardashians who as a family, have spent millions on plastic surgery. They seem to live by the doctrine of Perfection At All Costs. And if the gossip is to be believed, they pay to have the perfect airbrushed images of themselves published so that what their fans consume is a carefully filtered, strategically posed version of their lives.
But I also see young girls rejecting the fabrication. These Buzzfeed women are among them. After trying out their ideal body part for a day, more than one opted to keep their natural boob, eye color, and other natural attributes. It gives you hope that after satisfying our curiosity, most of us would really like who we are.
It’s natural to be curious
We’re becoming more aware that how we think about ourselves affects our confidence and motivation. We’re widening our definition of beauty to include more realistic and inclusive examples. And, we’re being accepting of fuller curved women. To be curious is not a bad thing and I wish every woman had opportunities like these to try-on the body part they idealize. Like these women, I believe more women would choose to stick with what they’ve got. With their curiosity satisfied, more women would be happy with how they look.
How we think about ourselves have a huge impact on our confidence and self-esteem, which in turn affects our motivation.