Summer has officially begun! With summer comes vacation, warm weather and swimsuit season. Summer is supposed to be a time for fun, but sometimes it can be dreadful for teen girls.
Magazine covers in the checkout line bombard us with headlines that read, “Best and Worst Bikini Bodies!” We are shown images of celebrities looking perfect. Seeing these types of images can tear a girl down by suggesting that she’s not fitting the Hollywood image.
Seventeen is one example of a magazine that gives advice on how to get a perfect beach body in weeks. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy or looking good in a bikini, it’s best to try not to get too caught up with looking perfect. As Nicole has showed us in some of her articles, many of the ‘perfect’ images we see of celebrities are manipulated to look that way.
Obsessing about your image can lead to some very serious issues, including an eating disorder. Rather than focusing on looking perfect, it’s better to focus on how beautiful you already are. Rather than spending your summer dreading how you might look in your swimsuit, jump into the water and enjoy your summer! You are only young once!