The perfect bodies we see in the media are creating a gap between the actual appearance of an average person’s body and its expected (airbrushed) appearance. We forget that REAL IS BEAUTIFUL, and until we accept others and ourselves as we are, we will continue to struggle with our self-worth and our ideals of beauty.
To the few and brave who have started to challenge these perfect images of men and women and seek to give beauty a new meaning, I applaud you. Your work and actions are making a difference. To bring about meaningful change, more of us need to expose and challenge the damaging narratives around masculinity, femininity and beauty as they are portrayed today.
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