Be Proud of the Skin You’re In

In 2013 I WROTE THE BLURP BELOW BECAUSE IT’S A TOPIC I AM VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT.  I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THE FASHION AND COSMETIC INDUSTRY ARE PURPOSELY MISLEADING TODAY’S TEENS, MOSTLY WOMEN, INTO FALLING FOR A FALSE SENSE OF BEAUTY- ONE THAT CAN NOT BE OBTAINED IN REALITY ONLY DIGITALLY.  IN TURN WOMEN ARE FALLING VICTIMS TO SELF HATE; WHICH LEADS TO EATING DISORDERS AND BODY MUTILATION TO ACHIEVE WHAT THEY THINK IS “TRUE BEAUTY” WHEN THEY WERE PERFECT FROM THE START.  THIS TREND AND FALSE SENSE OF BEAUTY IS CAUSED BY MAGAZINES AND COSMETIC COMPANIES IN ORDER TO MAKE A PROFIT!  I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH ANYONE MAKING MONEY, BUT AT THE RISK OF SOMEONE’S SELF ESTEEM OR THEIR HEALTH THROUGH OUTRIGHT TRICKERY IS WRONG.  THEREFORE, IMAGINE-NATION ART STUDIOS IS CREATING A NEW CAMPAIGN “LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN”…. WILL YOU BE A PART OF THIS EFFORT?  READ BELOW AND MAKE A COMMITMENT TO STAND UP FOR THE WRONG AND HELP SAVE LIVES.

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I’ve been a photographer for almost 20 years as a novice, hobbiest and eventually a professional.  In that time I worked with a lot of women which allowed me to get a deeper appreciation for them.  In fact I had a predetermined notion that younger women (ages 10 to 30) were impressionable; but that is no longer true, every woman of every age is impressionable.

As I watched and listen I realized that beauty means so much more to women than men.  Women struggle with beauty every single moment of their lives.  Men just don’t care about their look as much, doesn’t mean they just don’t give a damn because they do, they just don’t obsess about it as much as a female does.

When I show the photos I took to most women, it’s amazing that in the first 30 seconds of looking at a proof, they quickly have something to critique about themselves.  They notice that one insignificant wrinkle on their shirt, or that one strand of hair blowing out-of-place.  They notice every blemish, discoloration, wrinkle and effect their body shows.  I don’t know how many times I see women I consider to be “skinny as a twig” say they are too fat can I shrink down their waste?  I mean if I cut it down anymore they will look like a skeleton.

Women want to look like those models in the magazines!  I’ve found out that women are victims of an ingenious PR scheme by corporations, designers, and other businesses they prey on the vulnerable self-esteem of women to sell products or services.  Howe do they accomplish this?  Extreme Photoshop, that’s how.

These companies have set a predefined unobtainable persona of beauty.  They show in magazines women with flawless skin (no blemishes, no acne, silky smooth complexion, no wrinkles), with perfect hour-glass figures, perfect breasts just PERFECT.  The problem is the incredible over exposure to these photos starts to impact our minds.

This beauty becomes the standard.  The problem is, it’s virtually impossible to get the look of these ladies in popular magazines.  Only a select few are born with flawless genes who look like those women in magazines.  Women who continue to look at these ads or photos start to think “hmm… if I had this I would be hotter or why can’t I look like they do… what’s their secret?”  Their secret is Photoshop!

Women will go on crazy diets, get plastic surgery, virtually eat inedible things if there is a slight chance they can improve their beauty.  Women literally torture themselves to be the “hottest” women to ever walk the face of the earth.  It comes at a high price because it can cause someone to lose their life and destroy their own self-esteem.

Until magazines stop using extremely doctored pictures in their magazines, none of this will cease.  I think we need to focus on the content of a photo rather than the aesthetics of you.  I personally don’t agree with using Photoshop to create a false sense of beauty.  I believe you earned all those flaws and those flaws make us unique and beautiful.  I know because I’ve seen women who have terrible disfiguring injuries or on the heavy side, women with small almost non-existent breasts and flawed skin find someone and get married.

I believe women of all ages need to ease up on their self perception and see the beauty in the “real you”.   I think they need to see how the beauty of the women on the covers of their favorite magazines get the beauty they see.  So enjoy this video below and remember LOVE YOURSELF for who you are, that includes every flaw….

  Jason Dowd  /    November 13, 2014  /   Jason's Journal  /   0 Comments
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