The problem with “flawless”

Olivia Mohr

People need to step into the real world.

Let’s face it: when we see a model in an advertisement saying something along the lines of, “you’ll look like this if you buy this,” is that what they really look like? No. The real them is hidden beneath layers of makeup, Photoshop and airbrushing. Yet we constantly see girls feeling insecure about themselves because they don’t look like they just stepped off the cover of a magazine. A lot of what advertisers show is humanly impossible, yet that’s what’s considered beautiful.

Advertising uses human idealism to sell a product. The danger behind this phenomenon? People are never satisfied with what they have and who they are.

We all know about Hollywood’s obsession with looks and publicity. Hollywood stars hide behind a Façade, making themselves seem like something totally different than who they really are.

Sadly, we see that in the real world, too. The influence of the media leads us to believe that we have to become something we’re not in order to be accepted. Not only that, but people feel like they need to completely change their image to get attention. (Miley Cyrus, anyone?)

In the real world, like in Hollywood, all people seem to want is attention, and they don’t care if it’s from doing the right thing or the wrong thing. They think as long as people are paying attention to them, they’ll feel good about themselves. That’s shallow, and that’s wrong. If you’re always putting on a show, you’ll never be happy.

People can become so obsessed with their appearance and getting attention that it becomes their life, and since none of it is real, their life isn’t either.

Though this might sound cheesy, just be yourself, and don’t worry about what other people might think.

On a different note, the media minimizes matters that are actually really serious like drug and alcohol abuse. Hollywood glamorizes them, or even makes them out to be comical when, in reality, they destroy people’s lives. Addiction is not a joke. Everything is fun and games… until you have to pay the consequences. Yet Hollywood makes the lives of drug and alcohol abusers seem flawless, letting people think that’s what they have to do to “fit in” or “be cool.”

We live in a world lacking discipline. So many people are impulsive and don’t think about what will happen after the fact. It might feel great while you’re doing it, but is that temporary pleasure worth a lifetime of regret and misery?

What the media makes out to be glamorous and flawless can really be deceiving, and it’s scary how much people can be swayed by it. What’s important to realize is the problem with “flawless.”

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