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Jun
01 2014

It’s time to start loving yourself

I think people should start loving themselves more.

With the rise of photo-editing apps that allow you to instantly “correct” your face into what is “desirable” – emphasized cheekbones, clear complexion, sharper chin, larger eyes and reduced eye bags with a tap of a button, it is now easier to achieve photos of you that look like an overly-retouched version of your actual self. (Hoo-ray? Not.)

In fact, I’ve noticed an increasing trend of people deeming it a must to edit their own faces before putting photos online. Some even insist their friends edit their faces before uploading any couple, pair or group photos.

Why? :(

Zit on your face? It could be your hormones. It means that your body is functioning properly. Everyone has hormones. Everyone has zits on their face at some point in their lives. Nobody cares if there’s a zit on your face in your profile photo or latest group photo except you.

Eye bags? You could have pulled an all-nighter. If it was a productive one, be proud of yourself. If it wasn’t, applaud yourself for trying (but get some sleep tonight). Late night movie? You’ve spent a night relaxing and enjoying yourself. Good for you. Insomnia? We have all had that moment where we could not get into slumberland no matter how hard we try. We feel you. Nobody’s judging.

Not happy with your eyes? Chin? Cheekbones? You are born that way. Someone out there probably wishes he/she had your features, while here you are wishing you have theirs. The grass is always greener on the other side. Every feature on your face or body makes up the beautifully unique person that you are. Embrace it.

Photo apps should totally ditch that “beauty” mode already. It is not helping anyone’s self-esteem and it’s only perpetuating the preconceived notion of the so-called “perfect face”. The perfect face for you is the one you already have.

Love yourself. Because you are amazing just the way you are.

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  • 03 Jun 2014
    12:37 AM

    Annie

    Hear, hear.

    Although my avatar goes against what I’m agreeing with. However, I’m not fond of having my photo taken so I just used a picture from a family photo shoot, which was heavily Photoshop-ed by the company… They edited my body away and the whole family looked a little too fake. ==

    • 09 Jun 2014
      12:09 AM

      brendalogy

      I see a necklace in your avatar. :P Never knew you were silver in colour!

      Your comment made me think – about where is the line between when editing photos is ‘acceptable’ and when it’s just ridiculous. It’s really a huge and grey area actually. But definitely, family photoshoots and weddings fall in the former!

      • 09 Jun 2014
        2:50 AM

        Annie

        Haha, whoops, I forgot about this avatar. XD

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