Feeling less than is a horrible sinking ship that is hard to get yourself out of. Not only are you operating in a small sphere of day to day interaction, but now more than ever we’re exposed to society at instant light speeds via social media and news sites. With these wonderful technological advances come the good, and the bad. Not only are we subject to our own criticisms, but if you put yourself out there in any way, the whole world can now pile on. Every decision scrutinized, every photo dissected, and all confidence undermined. I find myself feeling bad about myself more and more because I see these women around me whom I consider beautiful, confident, and all around amazing getting knocked down by the internet truth anonymous justice squads. If they can’t be above reproach, what hope do I have?
So, imagine my surprise at this Buzzfeed post about Beyoncé photoshopping her thigh gap. What! Beyoncé is a beautiful and talented woman! She manages to appear confident and sexy while still seeming approachable and fun. Sure, I’ve never met her, but she puts herself out there, and I admire a lot of what she does. At first I was saddened that Beyoncé was doing this. Then I thought about this feeling I have, self-loathing and self-doubt, and I wondered to myself, does Beyoncé really go through the same thing? Does she feel compelled to Photoshop herself because even she does not live outside the reach of unrealistic beauty standards on Instagram? I mean.. how can you get more beautiful than this…
I think that moments like this should really give us pause to examine why our society is so obsessed with an unbelievable ideal that even the most adored among us fall victim to the weight. So maybe, instead of trying to Sherlock Holmes your way into internet popularity by calling someone out for just trying to post a picture that makes them feel good about themselves, we start embracing each other and not making people feel the need to do this?
I prefer to think that Beyoncé does not get embroiled in the cloud that is body hatred. I prefer to think that instead this is just some overzealous assistant who is supposed to just be posting the images color corrected for Beyoncé, but decided to make some more adjustments because of a warped ingrained view of society.