Hiya to whoever is reading this,
With this blog, i kinda don’t share many of my feelings a lot, mostly because people i know offline read it and can get the wrong end of the stick. But this is something that some of you guys said was a problem for you too and it is a pretty big issue for a lot of people, especially due to social media.
If you haven’t guessed yet, the subject is body image. It is something i’ve struggled with quite a lot in the past 6 months, and i’m still struggling with it now. But the worst thing is that it’s all in your head, and sometimes completely out of control due to sucky chemicals (hormones, better watch your back, i’m coming for ya) that seem set on making everything difficult.
What some people don’t “get” about it is that it can hit at any time, you can get some really good days where you feel confident, beautiful and ready to take the world by storm, and other days where you don’t want to leave the house and wanna hide in a dark room on your own away from everyone else. It always makes me laugh when people who know i’ve struggled with it before, see me feeling confident and happy and say “but i thought you felt uncomfortable about the way you look”, and i totally understand what they mean, but they don’t seem to understand what it is.
I guess you could think of it like the tide, really high and strong at some points, but still weak and small, just lapping at the shore at other times.
But i swear the mirror has it in for me. Or maybe it’s just my head playing tricks, but whenever i look in the mirror, i seem to see a different Georgie on the other side. If i feel happy or just normal, i seem myself pretty much as i want to (fairly slim, slightly toned, etc.) but if i’m having a bad day or feel low, i can’t find anything good and only see bad things, basically feeling like an overweight marshmallow and just generally feel like i suck at life.
Ok, fine. Maybe it is just chemical and a personal thing, but then why is it such a problem? Probably one of the largest factors is social media and advertising, as every day you are constantly BOMBARDED with adverts or celebrities with the “perfect figure”, “on-fleek eyebrows” and the idea that you have to wear loads of make-up and be really toned to be deemed beautiful or sexy (it really depends on the look you’re going for)
Just think back to the last time you saw a perfume advert, a celeb’s social media or model campaign for a shop. I’m 99.92% certain it had an overly made up, thin, curvy model posing in some kind of revealing clothing, with no annoying cyclops pimples or red blemishes. They probably also have abs, but the kind of abs that people like me can only dream of. This is because they have teams of make-up pro’s around them with awesome photo-shoppers. If you want proof of this, type into google “models before and after photoshop” and you will see how much images that we are constantly shown, are edited and changed, to a point of no similarity between the original picture and the end product.
I think it’s so stupid how they (big companies) try and make us believe in something so fake and unnatural and make us feel bad about ourselves because of it.
If you guys want me to make this a series, or write a post on how to cope with this sort of thing then comment below, as i know how hard it can be and i’m always looking for ways to make it better and change my mind about myself.
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