– by Yunnita D. Mattoha
Yeah, it’s pretty clear,
I ain’t no size 2
But I can shake it, shake it
Like I’m supposed to do
When most of pop songs nowadays are about parties and getting wasted, the song from Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass has reminded me of something that many people might forget; the issue of body image and self-esteem in our modern society.
Many of us are exposed to media in our everyday life, which might be from magazines, television or films. However, the images in media that we see usually portray the concept of ideal beauty in Western culture as tall, white and thin. And without realising it this concept of ideal beauty has affected the way we think about ourselves. Many people, particularly young women, have low self-esteem and try hard to fit into the image of ideal beauty in Western culture.
“Likes” from Instagram or Facebook might become our standard on how we look at our body image and at the worst possibility, we might feel worthless if we do not get those “likes”. We forgot that those supermodel body sizes we have seen, for example from magazines, are digitally manipulated pictures. Maybe what Megan sang is right.
I see the magazines working that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
Come on now, make it stop
I reckon young women have had enough with the concept of ideal beauty in Western culture. Without realising it, we have been trying hard to fit in and most of the time, we might feel like a failure if we cannot reach expectations. During high school, I saw many of my friends being bullied because their body sizes are bigger or their skin is darker than other girls. Some of them have been going through low self-esteem issues or eating disorders.
We need to remind ourselves again and again that what really matters is that no one can determine the beauty standard of our appearance. Whether we are short, tall, skinny, curvy, white, yellow, black, green, curly haired or straight haired, WE ARE BEAUTIFUL IN OUR OWN WAYS. It might sound cliché but inner beauty lasts longer than our appearance and we need to start changing our toxic way of thinking.
Start loving your body TODAY, never compare your body to other people and do not let the number on a scale determine your worth.
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.