Beauty pushes and pulls and tries to shape our lives. It's our time to fight back, some already have started the fight for beauty and being able to love yourself no matter what, It's time we finish this fight once and for all. "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." People can't see the things they choose to ignore, people decide what is right and what is perfect and if they see something out of those standards they close their eyes to the beauty. We can't change what we can't see. The exact definition of beauty is "A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight." Something that is pleasing to look at. Something that is pleasing to look at. That's it. That is all, that is what controls our life, having a sense of need to be "pleasing" to look at for others. That's sad to think about.
Let's look into some people who have had enough of this problem and done something about it. Lizzo VMAS, "We all know that conventional "beauty standards" are harmful to everyone — not to mention impossible to achieve. For example, you're either not thin enough or too thin, too curvy, or not curvy enough. Though beauty standards can vary by culture and region, there's one universal truth: Nobody will ever be perfect in the eyes of the entire world." Impossible to achieve, and harmful. What are we doing? What are these standards we have decided to make? There ruining lives, and controlling people every day. Lizzo has a better idea for beauty " All I'm doing is stepping into my confidence and my power to create my own beauty standard. And one day that will just be the standard." Loving yourself and believing that you are beautiful, now that is true beauty.
Channing Tatum VMAS, said in preparation for some movies "You have to starve yourself. I don't think when you're that lean, it's actually healthy." Movies are seen by millions and actors and actresses are expected to look perfect in some, no matter what the cost and the consequences are. Do you think models actually are as happy as they look in those pictures? Behind the scenes it is ugly.
Simon Biles, "I've learned to put on a strong front and let most of it slide. But I'd be lying if I told you what people say about my arms, my legs, my body... of how I look in a dress, leotard, bathing suit, or even in casual pants hasn't gotten me down at times." "What people say..." It is all that people say. If we could just appreciate people for who they are and what they do and what they look like maybe the world could be a nicer place for all.
Walking down the hallways I have seen my fair share of cold shoulders, scoffs, laughs, and rumors through friends. Don't think people don't notice or hear or see when you are disrespecting them. No reaction doesn't mean there isn't pain, the pain is on the inside, hidden from others. Just because we can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. Everyone feels it, even the people we look up to the most, the people we idolize deal with beauty standards to. Everyone deals with feeling like they aren't enough. This has to stop.
Grace VerCauteren is a sophomore at Poudre High School, this is her first year in the Poudre press. She wants to talk about the problems with beauty in the world and try to educate people on what is going on in everyone's mind.