TRACES SPRING 2016 - Page 89

The sad truth is, we as humans compare ourselves to photoshopped or spray

painted individuals. There is a YouTube video out there that photoshops a piece of pizza, into a model. That makes me disgusted and you should be too. Technology has advanced so much that there are no boundaries anymore. Thankfully, women like Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Zendaya are against airbrushing and photoshop. Helen Mirren says that she hopes to inspire women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural looks. Zendaya was outraged when she found out that she was photoshopped saying that, “These are the things that make women self conscious they create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.” Dove’s new commercials consists of their new campaign, the real beauty campaign. The commercial features women of all shapes, sizes and colors. Slowly as a society we are progressing and shying away from just exposing thin bodies. Take into fact the three new Sports Illustrated magazines flaunting different body types. Even the famous Barbie dolls have progressed. Barbie use to be an ideal women, however we all knew she wasn't real, eleven and half inches of plastic, pointed toes and synthetic hair. Mattel heard the call from women and evolved her to a more realistic model. Barbies now come in tall, curvy and petite. I say it's about time! We as a society need to appreciate all body types and not just the thin ones. “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” these are the wise words of comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Be your own kind of beautiful and choose to love your body.