When it came to turning the issue of the media being a silencer in our lives, I really tried to think about how the situation would make someone feel. In this case, I used the venus fly trap and brambles to represent the media and almost suffocate the victim in the picture.
ISSUE 1 • WHAT IS BEAUTY?Beauty, something everyone seeks. Something that nowadays with the conception imposed by the media in the XXI century can become a disease. A conception that hurts millions and that can sometimes be, unreachable. But is that really beauty?
The definition of ‘beauty’ that the media sells us is constructed from two pillars: the first one being the models, who are tall, super skinny, with barely no curves and the second is the perfect athletic body, with thin yet firm legs, big bums, flat stomach and a slim waist. Both of those are extremely hard to reach and sometimes even impossible to, because we all have different bodies, different shapes, different metabolisms. But whoever said their mere conceptions define ‘beauty’? During ancient Greece, busty women with thick thighs and a wider waists were considered ‘the most beautiful’. During the Renaissance, women who were ‘beautiful’ had to have a round body, wide hips and were busty. During the Roaring Twenties, ‘beauty’ was an androgen look, no curves and short hair. During the Golden Years of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe was seen as the perfect representation of what was seen as ‘beauty’; curvy body with a slim waist.
I’m sure by now, it’s clear that the definition of ‘beauty’ has never been something static. It’s varied and will continue to vary.
So why is it that the media is so sure what they point out as beauty is really beauty? The media of today is essentially driven by the capitalist society, which demands that things sell – and the only thing that sells more than beauty products is sex. Young girls thrive for that ideal conception of beauty, so they keep on bombarding us to believe that we are not beautiful and we have to continue to spend and knock ourselves down, hurt ourselves, starve to reach that. They silence our beauty so their companies have a bigger net worth, yet they don’t see the pain that they’re inflicting.
So don’t look at magazines and think you have to fit in that box! You are beautiful, whether you are short, tall, thick, thin, black, white, Asian, Latina. You are beautiful in your own way. And we have to start to see that beauty doesn’t rely only on looks, as media leads us to believe – but the real beauty is kept in how you see the world, in what you like. Beauty is in the rain, beauty is in the plants that grow wild and the flowers that tame the wilderness, beauty is in the wind.
Real beauty is usually in the little things, that no one stops to look at because the media, money and greed blinds us. Worst of all, silences us. So let’s learn how to speak up. This is our voice for you.
Written by Katherine Servat
ISSUE 2 • SKINNY SHAMINGSkinny shaming is an issue I’ve dealt with from a very young age and it’s an issue I’m very aware of. So if this is something you can relate to, by all means share your thoughts below. Likewise, if this isn’t something you’ve experienced or dealt with, you can still show compassion towards the issue I hope. Lately in the media, I feel like skinny shaming has become a real trend. But it’s not all that funny for people on the wrong end of it. Body positivity shouldn’t be one-sided. It’s applicable for all shapes and sizes.
This drawing was inspired yet again by the lovely Newsha Syeh who I’ve said time and time again inspires me in more ways than one. She is so comfortable in her own skin and the way she stands up to those judging her differences from everyone else is super admirable.
Be the person you love being. Not the person someone else wants you to be. Draw yourself a happy bubble and live in it.
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