Stop the Standard

Today’s standard of beauty is detrimental to society.

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most iconic standards of beauty during the 1950's.

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most iconic standards of beauty during the 1950’s.

London Powell, Reporter

Beauty standards. Something that all women and men around the world have dealt with for millenniums. Everybody has their image of the perfect person and it varies from each individual. But over the years, standards for all genders have become incredibly high.

Suddenly we expect every guy to have a rock hard chest, a dazzling smile, and piercing eyes and we expect every girl to be a size 2, hourglass figured, and harvard level smart. This is just wrong.

We shouldn’t expect everybody to be runway ready. That just isn’t realistic.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “Most fashion models are thinner than 98 percent of American women.”

How are we supposed to be positive about ourselves when we are held to standards like this?

We live in a world where body positivity and self love is preached about, yet it’s not practiced. The truth is, nobody is perfect.

Not everybody has a tiny waist and wide set hips. Not everybody has a rock hard chest. Not everybody meets this societal standard of beauty. That is just how it is. And that is 100 percent okay. Nobody should be perfect.

From now on, we should try to squash this standard. Every individual is beautiful in their own way and no two people see each other the same way.