When I was merely a teenager, I remember being part of a school beauty pageant where my fellow classmate was asked a simple question: “If you had the chance to change one thing about yourself, what would it be?” At 14, with raging hormones and puberty striking with a vengeance, the petite girls and beautiful models we were used to watching on television sent subliminal messages that we needed to change who we were, or how we looked. My classmate, naturally, had a long list of things she’d change about her body—starting with her nose. Needless to say, she lost out on the title by the end of that exhaustive list.
Thinking back to that day, it makes me realize just how little has changed. In fact, the problem seems to have worsened. What would you change about your body? If I were posed that question back then, I probably wouldn’t have known better. But, do I know any better now? What would I do if, after working hard to get in shape, stay healthy and eat right, I was on the receiving end of malice and unwarranted hate, just because my body didn’t comply with the socially acceptable idea of the “perfect body”?
Truth be told, I don’t know. Nobody really knows just how they’d react in a situation unless that situation presents itself. It’s easy to say you want to change things. The reality, however, is somewhat different. In a world where cosmetic surgery is as okay as brushing one’s teeth, where do we draw the line? Who among us is not guilty of using filters and editing tools to look skinnier, prettier or have clearer skin? Guilty as charged!
Perhaps Fitness Instructor Cassey Ho’s powerful video on a positive body image is one way to make a statement. And in response to her video, Ho stated “I’m happy that many of you clicked over to watch my short film when you saw my new “perfect” body. You experienced the most powerful video I have ever created. You saw me strip down my confidence and self esteem. You saw me raw. Hurt. And vulnerable.” Watch as she hits a nerve with this YouTube post, and you’ll think twice about using those photo editing apps.
They say silence can be deafening. Maybe that’s why this speechless video is loud and clear. What do you think?