Such challenges like these for sure say one thing about what a majority, if not all, of teens and young adults are ‘obsessed’ about—the idea of “beauty” itself. Simply that beauty means having big breasts, a big butt, big eyes or “the less obvious”—big lips. That people with unibrows, glasses and pimples should be judged for something that they cannot help stop or change. The idea of beauty has become so, so emphasized and is always unnecessarily talked about in social media today to the point where we are completely damaging what it means to be beautiful.
The idea of beauty is undoubtedly subjective. Everyone has their own meaning and definition of beauty. Everyone has their own taste of what makes somebody attractive and what makes them not.
But such things are hurting beautiful young girls and women in a way that they are taught to emulate Hollywood’s idea of what a woman should look like.
What does the Kylie Jenner challenge do? It encourages women to change their looks, to fit what is supposedly to be the ideal “beauty” standard and that it’s best to have “big lips” like the 18 year old. How? By having them hurt themselves and cause serious injuries to their faces. What does the Don’t Judge challenge do? It shames and mocks people who have any sort of “flaws” on their faces and also encourages more bullying.
These challenges are pointless and shameful and I can only hope that social media will change its ways. Do A Good Deed Challenge, anyone?
- Ella Ho
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