We are bombarded by stereotypes. We always have been! Society’s ideas are always injected into us, moulding us into adults with wildly inaccurate cognitions. We are blindfolded into believing that the amount of English someone speaks is a measure of their intelligence, we grow up believing that the number of zeroes in our bank balance determine our wealth, and we even go to the extent of believing that success is solely name and fame.
People are of a general opinion that India became completely free from the clutches of the British in 1947 . However, I beg to differ. So many British ideologies still influence our thinking to this day. One of these ideologies is the fallacy that fairness is beauty. Unfortunately to this day, majority of the Indian population struggles with the ‘fair skin complex’ . Conveniently enough, cosmetic brands make a profit from our self hatred.
At some point or the other in our lives, we find ourselves questioning; are we as flawless as the Barbie dolls we grow up playing with ? Is our hair as flawless as the models in advertisements? Are we as skinny as the actresses flaunting their bodies on TV? And is our skin as fair as the women who appear in fair skin commercials?
Personally, I always grew up wanting to be more fair, thinner(even though I wasn’t really overweight) and beautiful. At that point, society constantly repeated that God created everyone perfectly, and that I looked fine the way I was , that I needed to love myself and have high self esteem, be confident. However, there was only one problem. Society didn’t tell me HOW to do so.
After all, what is beauty? If it means being fair, does that mean all fair skinned people are beautiful and all dark skinned people are ugly? NO! If according to you the ideal beauty means having long hair, does that imply all short haired people are ugly? Of course not. If you actually give it some thought, you will come to the understanding that beauty doesn’t have a scale! Beauty can’t be measured in any way . There is NO ‘ideal’ beauty which exists. But the cosmetic industry continuously creates the concept of beauty and keeps it alive. So this new cognition makes us reprimand ourselves, what are we really comparing ourselves to?
A person becomes beautiful ONLY when they love themselves not because they fit into society’s idea of beauty, but when they express their own, unique type of beauty, which is incomparable to anyone else!
As a passionate, aspiring photographer, I’ve been going around, capturing unconventional ideas of beauty to break societal stereotypes and empower people to feel gorgeous in their own skin!
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