Cameron Russel, supermodel, discusses the industry she works in and the definition of ‘beauty’ that our society has built up through media and advertising. She differentiates between reality and how models are portrayed through retouching. “I hope what you’re seeing is that these pictures are not pictures of me; they are constructions… That’s not me.”
Popular culture, through the use of film, advertisements, media, and fashion all tell us one thing: one size fits all. We are told how to ‘dress to impress’, how to look, how to act — an endless list of “how-to’s” as if being ourselves isn’t good enough. People, but especially girls in the media are over sexualized photoshopped, altered, and told that their self-esteem should rest in their appearance and not in the content of their character. But we are human and by no stretch of the imagination does ‘one size fit all’.
So why should we conform to these ridiculous expectations? We are ALL unique, and we are proud.
By submitting a photo, you are pledging to embrace your own uniqueness and, in the process, inspiring others to do the same. What do you love about yourself? What makes you different? What makes you, you?