What is perfection? By definition perfection would be something that is flawless, beautiful, simply excellent, but would you know what to think it's perfect if society or media didn't influence you 24/7? We all have different perceptions of "perfection", depending on our upbringings, homeland and social interactions.
At this point you might be wondering what has gotten into me? Well, you don't know this about me, but I've been passionate about lookism since I was introduced to it in Uni. I even wrote a 15 pages paper about it. Lookism is the discrimination based on someone's appearance. For anyone new here, I studied Cultural and Social Anthropology in Vienna. Another unknown fact about me, I've loved writing since I was a teenager. However on my blog, I slowly stopped writing long posts because a lot of people simply don't read, they just look at the pictures, but after all, this is my little corner of the internet and I should be able to express my opinions. Not saying they are right or wrong, just mine. Now, back to the main topic.
You will notice there are two pictures almost identical. In one the camera made the soft skin effect, while in the other it didn't. Honestly, this wasn't planed, it happened. At first glance looking at the pictures it was clear that the first one was better, so I asked myself why is that? After comparing them a bit, the answer was obvious: because one was featuring me with flawless skin, no freckles, no redness, no lines, just perfect smoothness. Not very real though. Society tells us that in order to be a beautiful woman you have to be perfect, to have flawless skin, small waist, but large chest and bum and so on.
This might sound crazy, but do you know I've disliked my freckles since forever? I've even been bullied for having them. From a young age I've used different creams that promised to rid me of them, which btw never worked. The crazy part is that people are now getting them tattooed on their faces. Even though at 25 I thought I had finally accepted my skin as it is, when confronted with the possibility of "flawless" I immediately saw that as more beautiful.
This isn't the case of someone discriminating me, it was me, which is worse. You know how they say your mind is your biggest enemy?! This isn't a dramatic post and I'm certainly not fishing for compliments. We are all different and beautiful! The important thing is for me to be happy with myself, which is something I've been working on for the longest time. We all work on this and we all have different characteristics we don't like, it's just the way we were made. The point is that the perfection the media, influencers, models are showing isn't always real.
Moral of the story: Try to be your best version, not the copy of someone else. Also, what you see in the media or on Instagram isn't always the truth.
If anyone has been wondering where I've been the past week, you could call it a forced break. Sadly, I caught a flu and had a high temperature, which meant no pictures, just rest. Hopefully I'll be back soon with outfit posts.
Have a pink-tastic day!