She coats her face with foundation and makes
sure her highlight is heavy. She layers her lashes in mascara, until they
scrape her cheekbones. She still puts on her fake lashes though; she likes how
they make her eyelashes look much fuller. 
She nags to her mother about how her waist is growing broad and her
collarbones won’t pop. Being a teenage girl is enough of a struggle, without
being sucked into the whirlpool of social media standards and having to be in
the likes of Instagram and Snapchat. Her mother, a woman who guided her
children through all hardships, could not understand why the internet shaped
her only daughter into being everything but herself. She tried explaining to
her daughter how her eyes were blue lakes and her skin, golden brown, felt like
butter running down our hands and her hair painted the colors of the wind. Oh,
what a beautiful person she was, in and out.

Now, pressurized by the standards created through plastic surgery, make up and Photoshop,
she can’t seem to accept herself at all. She, a teenage girl of the present
generation, has to live up to everyone else’s expectation, just for a number of
likes and coughed up comments. Her pictures no longer consisted of her and her
friends joyous and elated; rather they were filled with pouts and straight
faces, to show an attitude she never had. And ever wondered why she did it? Her
role models did the same. Kylie Jenner, the woman she looked up to, has almost
80 million followers on the photo-sharing application; about four times the
population of Australia. She posts pictures of her busting out a new Ferrari or
of her in a bikini, with almost impossible bodily features. The teenage girl
wishes to be like her role model when she grows older, hoping to succumb to the
powers of social media just for the feel of being accepted by people she will
never know.

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The current generation has something very
wrong stirred into it, it is the inability to accept people for exactly who
they are. If a woman likes natural beauty, she will be bashed for being ugly.
On the other hand, women who wear make up will be pulled down into the ridges
for being “fake” or “unnatural”. This inability to accept people causes a
situation which is a never ending tug of war between people who want to live
for themselves, and people who want to live for others, both being constantly
unhappy with one another.

 

In this scrimmage, a vulnerable section of
people are dragged in, the adolescents. Teenagers are unshielded from the harsh
stereotypes and standards set by society; which they classify as “normal”, and
are vastly affected by the unforgiving sentiments thrown at them by the same
people they are trying to appease.

 

Teenage girls are pulled into the ideologies
crafted by the Internet society, making delusional body standards, influencing
risky behavior and causing everything to seem commercial. Girls, specifically, cannot
live without social media these days, as it gives them a false feeling of
security about themselves. Girls no longer want to get out and do new things;
therefore elucidating the impression that the world revolves around likes,
comments, parties, fame and a social status created by people sitting behind
screens.

 

Social media has had almost an all-negative
impact on teenage girls, causing feelings of depression and long felt sadness
amongst most girls; due to people being unable to accept a person for who they
are. This will be directly proportional to higher rates of suicide as well. The
need to appease to people all the time has caused girls to be unconfident and
insecure about minute things.

 

The beauty myth, a novel by Naomi Wolf, had a
basic proposition that forced adherence to standards of physical beauty has
grown stronger for women as they gained power in other societal arenas. Wolf
argues that this standard of beauty has taken over the work of social coercion
formerly left to myths about motherhood, domesticity, chastity, and passivity,
all of which have been used to keep women powerless. In the author’s view, “the
gaunt, youthful model (has) supplanted the happy housewife as the arbiter of
successful womanhood.” The myth of beauty spreads the belief that an objective
measurement of beauty exists, and that woman must want to embody it, and that
men must want such women. It spreads the idea that was seen of beauty is
appearance and not personality and behavior, in contrast to which the reality
is that beauty is behavior and appearance all in all. 

 

It is one of the most important feminist
novels, with a powerful message. Every girl should read it, and understand the
misunderstood term of feminism. This generation looks at feminism as a way of
being superior to men, whereas it is to gain equality in this partial,
unjustified planet.

 

Girls should never feel suppressed by the
unreasonable standards put forth by the society, but rather overcome it and
become the successful woman she wants to be. You don’t have to be fair, tall,
fat, thin, short, dark or any of that to be successful and happy. The Internet
will have trends that will come and go, but the originality in yourself is the
key to everything.