Beauty Ideals: How Today's Society Views Beauty

by - March 09, 2015

 Today's society has a very skewed, ideal view of beauty. I came across an article on The Huffington Post that was discussing our view of beauty in today's society and it rang so true. We've all become obsessed with beauty and looking perfect. Has it always been this way? Yes, but to a certain degree, it was less prevalent in previous generations than in

Yes, but to a certain degree, it was less prevalent in previous generations than in todays. What is the difference? Well, for starters, the rise of social media and our obsession with it leaves us disconnected from one another and not only that, but it's easier to become an "instant" celebrity thanks to apps such as Instagram, vine, and twitter.

All someone has to do now, is film a video or take pictures of themselves and upload or click onto one of these apps, and given the right formula, you have an instant celebrity. Is social media 100% to blame for this. No, we all are born with the teensiest bit of attention-seeking qualities in us, and social media just helps that along a little bit.

Selfies are very harmful to our self- esteem. I'm sure a lot of people do take selfies because they're fun, but for most, 50 or more are taken before you even post one that you like to social media. Think about that.... it takes 50 different tries for you to decide you like a picture of yourself that you can share with other people. That's just not healthy.

A good example of the standards of beauty we have in today's society is Actresses and Female Singers.

Let's Look At Actresses.....

In today's society your average actress peaks by their late twenties and this is from the view of casting agents and studio executives. An actress peaking at such a young age is ridiculous! I remember growing up, my favorite actresses were Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep (of course, she being the exception to this), and Glenn Close. How many times have you seen those actresses (beside Meryl Streep) appear in movies today? It really is mind blowing to think about.

Let's Move On To Female Singers.....

Think about Janet Jackson, Madonna, Cher, Celine Dion. They were all extremely popular when they first started their careers. When was the last time you heard something new from Janet Jackson? Madonna does okayyyy for her age but not nearly as well as she used to. Cher and Celine have both done their Las Vegas shows, but those are mostly just shows of their greatest hits not from a new album. So, what is the problem? It's not their talent, as most of them have still pretty much got it in the talent department. The sad truth is, it's their age. Once you hit that certain point in your life as a woman and you start to get wrinkles and cellulite and stretch marks, your seen as damaged goods and not considered all that beautiful anymore.

Is There A Solution To Any Of This?

I don't know if there is, but I have an idea on how we can work on that. For one, stop taking so many selfies and for that matter just step away from your phone completely. Not forever, of course, but just to give yourself a break from the constant focus you put on yourself. Also step away from the mirror. This is my challenge for you, don't look in the mirror all day for one day and see how you feel. If you think you'll be too tempted, cover your mirrors with something. I know that may seem like a difficult task for some of you, but think of what good your doing yourself. Do you want to be defined only by your looks? That's what your saying when you place importance on your looks over your mind.

I hope this has opened your eyes even just a little to our beauty standards. I also hope that you take that challenge and if you do, please let me know how it went!

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What defines you? What do you think is beautiful about yourself (excluding your looks) ?

Photo By: Morgan Sessions

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  1. I need to share this with my girls! Thanks for the post.

  2. I'm with you Channing. I feel like society has become far more appearance obsessed, and I completely blame social media and selfies. I don't know what the answer is, either? Maybe it's just the way of the future and we're the relics from the past! That's a bit dystopian of me, isn't it? LOL ;)

  3. Well, both Glenn Close and Julia Roberts still do films every year. And whilst Madonna is viewed quite controversially for her antics, she's still doing more than okay, even if she might not be raking them in like she once did. She was always good at adapting her style to what is popular. As far as Celine Dion goes, I never really liked her enough to follow her, so I cannot comment on why she stopped producing new stuff, or why it isn't in the charts anymore.

    That said, you are right of course, once you are past a certain age, society in general is less interested in you, and it does get harder, but age isn't the only beauty standard. Flawless skin, a certain hair length, a certain weight all have nothing to do with age. You see I am confronted with this quite directly as a per se fashion blogger ;-) But I do feel like things are slowly changing and whilst there's the extreme of curating your selfies to the max, there's also more and more "older" women who are seen as beautiful and used for advertising etc.

    Alex B. - Funky Jungle. Fashion, personal style & other things.

  4. I hope it's not the way of the future, that would be really sad would't it? Just a little bit dystopian haha! :)

  5. I love that Alex! Well said! I have to say that I get really excited when I hear that the fashion world has chosen a plus size model or a model that is short in stature, because they represent real women, and real women can be just as fashionable as models!

  6. Thank you for giving a male point of view! Like you said, magazine's probably don't think about the psychological influence it has, but it does make a difference, especially when your growing up as a girl and see the images of what you "should" look like.

  7. it is crazy how much beauty ideals seems to steep these days. I definitely think it has a lot to do with media and photoshop, but it seems so ingrained in culture it's hard to stop. Aside from that, it's crazy to think that according to producers and directors, actresses and models "peak" in their late 20's . that's just insane.

  8. I definitely think society has gotten wayyy more obsessed with appearance, and less so with talent/actual substance (or at least, that's the way it seems). It makes me sad! :[

  9. That's why it makes me so happy to see someone like Meryl Streep still getting work as an actress. It shouldn't be based on age, but talent.

  10. Fabulous post! I totally agree that we all need to step away a little from social media and enjoy our life by our own standards not everyone elses! We are all beautiful, no matter what age <3 I am going to share this post with my girls and attempt your challenge together! - Lois

  11. Thank you Lois! Let me know how it goes! :)