Have you heard about the movement to keep it real? Inspired by Julia Bluhm who asked Seventeen Magazine to monthly publish one unaltered picture of a woman a month. So far, the magazine has said no – even though 83,000 people have signed a petition agreeing with the request sign the petition. Here’s a blog from Balancing Jane with a great summary of the movement click here.
Increasingly, we are all becoming aware that pictures in magazines and other places are digitally altered to make already gorgeous people look more gorgeous. Why? Watch this hilarious fake commercial that invites you to photoshop yourself so that you can look more perfect, too! Fotoshop
As women, we are sometimes a prisoner of our biology. Our bodies tell us that in order to pro-create, we must be attractive to men. Advertisers are only too happy to grab onto our biological impulses so they can sell us what we need to be attractive to the opposite sex. The more unrealistic the idea of beauty, the more products we need to buy. Oh!
It is time for girls and women to wake up and see the ridiculousness of what we have been taught is necessary to be attractive. Time to say “enough!” We can value our own uniqueness and the beauty of our bodies without torturing them and we can support other women who are doing the same thing.
As your own personal confidence increases, you’ll find you have less interest in wearing high heels and tight skirts or anything else that makes you uncomfortable. You’ll care less about beauty products that promise to brighten and beautify you. Being thin will be out and being healthy, strong, and vibrant will be in. When you are feeling your swagger, you begin to feel beautiful all the time.
Please join The Girl’s Guide to Swagger in Keeping it Real and asking Seventeen and other magazine to start showing real women not fake images of beauty.