This is a bit of an extension from my last post in response to the Daily Mail’s idea of there being a ‘sick truth’ behind wellness blogging. Although far from being ‘sick’, I do believe there are some truths being hidden from this community. However, I would also like to point out that every social media platform is smoke screens and mirrors away from reality (do these girls really spend their lives in bikinis on white beaches? and um hello the Kylie Jenner’s lips fiasco). Yet it’s a problem all the same.
Whenever I get too caught up in my appearance in the mirror (which is more often than I would like to admit), I have to remind myself that this obsession with appearance, largely stemmed from the instagram community, is very much based on vain ideals. And I do not just mean the health and fitness community, but the WHOLE shebang. From the smiling models, to the MIC cast, even to our best friends who only post pictures of fun nights out and perfectly groomed hair and makeup. This vain outlook on life is the crux of social media, as we strive to show the world our lives from the best angles, with the most suitable filters, and with what is essentially a black out screen on the bits that we do not seem worthy. I love instagram, as i’ve stated many times, as it as helped me shape myself into the best possible version of myself. However, it has also shaped the idea of what I believe to be the ‘best’. a standard that I would not have even considered if it was not for this site.
When I was growing up I hated exercise, and the idea that I would one day desire abs would have been completely foreign to a 14-year-old me. I just did not deem it possible. I loved wearing nice clothes, a love that has grown every since I purchased my first copy of Nylon magazine. But as for what was underneath the clothes – I didn’t care.
Both ideals, fashion and fitness, focus very much on appearance, to the point where it is very easy to forget that there is more than the surface. So here’s to a new revolution, an inner revolution, away from the clothes, away from even whats under that, to what is under the skin – something we cannot manipulate with lighting and weights and pieces of fabric.