It is evident that most individuals, whether they are celebrities or not, look and behave more genuinely and happily when they are in their most natural states rather than when they are forced to look and act in a certain way. According to research, the underrepresentation of women in working roles and portrayal of women as “sex objects” or in decorative roles are present in current times. Girls, especially, are constantly bombarded with ads featuring females with perfect bodies in sexy poses. Nobody is perfect, but the combination of the media and editing apps has created a false vision of reality. The individuals who are exposed to this type of media on the receiving end compare themselves to the perfect-looking models that they see. The receivers’ confidence can decline severely and they can become influenced through media images and the pressure to look a certain way. When adolescents, especially, have continuous exposure to unrealistic images of sexualized women, they become critical about their bodies and come to believe that they are only worth what they look like, rather than their intelligence or other personality strengths.
I created an Instagram account to portray the impractical aspects of perfection that we’ve come to believe in society today. I felt that an Instagram can convey many images at once. The captions provide short blurbs, or plays on words, about what the pictures show. I strategically chose the pictures that I included on the Instagram, titled “photoshop.gone_wrong”. The first ten posts are found from those famous peoples’ actual Instagrams. It shows that there is really no point at which an individual can achieve happiness. No look is good “enough”, even for celebrities. The last four “before and after” pictures on my Instagram are from editors of magazines or advertisements. These posts prove that natural flaws and aging beauty is not acceptable. In the one of Justin Bieber in the Calvin Klein underwear, it is evident that every part of him is made to look bigger, except for his head. This comparison refers to the fact that the size of his brain, whether he is smart or has a kind personality, has no meaning compared to the influence of his body image. In class, we’ve discussed the dominating influence of social media and technology on individuals today. Technology can become addictive, especially when it turns into a competition about who can receive the most likes, comments, and views on a post.