posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:24 am
In September, former Victoria’s Secret model Tyra Banks was spotted jogging…without makeup! The media coverage was ridiculous.
It’s rare we see Tyra looking anything less then picture perfect, so the photos are a bit shocking. But she’s working out, so we completely understand (Huffington Post).
We’ve seen this so many times. The media picks apart female celebs whenever possible. Whether it’s because of weight gains or weight losses, cellulite or “muffin tops,” the media loves to point out what it has deemed are physical flaws. No wonder celebrities are so superficial and find it difficult to be themselves.
I find so many things wrong about this story. One is that it’s not even a story, and two, the attitude of the media is just rude. It gives the impression that makeup makes Tyra Banks who she is. If I were Banks, I’d feel pretty insecure about myself after seeing this. Then again, I don’t have to be Banks to feel insecure.
How did Banks respond? Just the other week she publicized some photos from a recent photo shoot. In one photo she jokes about her “muffin top.”
Check the juicy muffin top on my back!…Perfect is boring (Tyra Banks, Instagram).
Banks is an advocate for “flawsomeness.” This is her description for accepting your flaws and loving yourself. Her desire is to empower young girls so they never feel inadequate or imperfect or flawed. Her mission is similar to what we try to instill here on Project Inspired.
We’ve seen how young girls have resorted to extreme measures in order to attain a standard of perfection that just doesn’t exist. And when these young girls fail to meet them, they often become depressed and desperate and, in some cases, suicidal.
My main mission is to get girls to realize their inner and outer beauty and have high self-esteem with both (Tyra Banks, US Weekly).
When the media points to the imperfections of female celebs, it’s indirectly criticizing the young girls who pay attention. So how can you deal with the pressure in your own life to be perfect? Well, focus on celebs such as Banks who recognize there’s no such thing as perfection, unless perfection is actually the assets and the flaws that make you who you are.
I applaud Banks’ desire to instill confidence in young girls. I pray she continues to use her platform to empower young girls, even if they don’t look perfect without makeup or Photoshop.
Ladies, do you feel the media likes to pick apart women? When the media picks apart a celeb, do you take the criticism personally?