Learn to Love Yourself: Positive Body Image

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Body image is whatever pops into your mind when you see yourself in the mirror or when you think about your own body. What are your thoughts on your appearance? What do you really think about your hair, your height, your weight? How do you feel in your own skin? As you read this, did positive or negative thoughts come into your mind? Nowadays, people, especially women, are very self conscious about their looks. A negative body image can have really bad outcomes such as developing eating disorders, which result in poor health, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and so on.

We're surrounded by advertising and publicity of what society thinks beauty is. We walk outside and we see huge billboards in which "perfect" women are selling clothes, food, cars, etc. In TV shows, the good looking, tall, think yet curvy, blonde, blue eyed women that wear the most amazing clothes and have the most expensive cars and handbags are always the cheerleaders, the popular rich kids. The models that walk on every major runway show during Fashion Week are so thin and "flawless". In magazines we read about all these new diets that will help you lose a ridiculous amount of weight in one week to be "bikini-ready". They will sell make up with extra coverage to look perfect in pictures I could go on and on... The point is, however, that the media has converted women's bodies in a sales tool that has led us to believe that being thin, having perfect hair and perfect skin are the most important things in the whole wide world because this will lead us to be rich and famous.

People don't spend even one second thinking about everything that goes on behind the scenes. This idea of beauty is not real. What are the models' secrets to being so thin? They probably don't eat much. Some of them might even be anorexic and/or bulimic. What about the women on billboards and magazines? You know this thing called Photoshop? Yeah... Absolutely no one is perfect. Everyone has flaws and we shouldn't be ashamed of them, we should embrace them. Perfection is not real.

Accepting yourself is the first step towards a positive body image, a good self-esteem and self love, which will lead you to be happy. If you don't love yourself, who else is going to? Don't let the media tell you how you should look like, what you should or shouldn't eat. I'm not saying that you should eat fast food everyday if you feel like it, because that's not healthy either. However, you shouldn't deprive yourself of eating. Eating healthy is something you should do, but if you feel like eating some chocolate or having a venti Chai Latte one day...why not? Eating is one of the greatest pleasures of life. Accept yourself. Don't put your body through traumatic procedures like surgery just because your nose is a little crooked or  because your boobs are not big enough. Embrace all your perfect imperfections. Be happy with who you are and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Atelophobia is the fear of imperfection, of not being good enough. A condition many young people suffer these days... This is what I called a series of photographs I took for a final project at school. My goal was to make people see what goes on behind society's idea of perfection. All the suffering there is. Suffering that shouldn't exist.

Don't put yourself through traumatic experiences only to take the perfect selfie. 
Love yourself just the way you are!

Photography: Alexia Rebing (@berrytrendy)
Models: Mariana Salazar & Alexa de Alba

"She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” 

Like art, beauty should have no standards. 

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