How much does selfie empower women?

She is well known as a talented artist with two Grammy award when she’s still young. People are overwhelmed with how she is portrayed on the rs_600x600-140211125417-600-lorde-instagram-acne-cream-ms-021114media. But without this selfie of her bare face with acne cream and messy hair bun, a look many high schoolers are familiar with, who does remember she is just an ordinary teenager girl? How often do you see a celebrity looking like a regular awkward teen? It has gone viral since people are interested in seeing her as her natural self, not a celebrity in the spotlight with fancy dress and fancy makeup. One question, if you were familiar with her images on the media as a celebrity, how would you feel when you see this picture?

Approximately 1 million selfies are uploaded onto social media everyday. Selfie has become so phenomenal that, oh come on, who doesn’t take selfie, doesn’t matter whether it’s a group selfie or a selfie of your own? People take selfies for many purposes, it can be just for fun, to capture memories or to build an online persona and get attention from the public. But what is interesting is those innocuous selfies are so effective that they are used as a tool for activism.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 11.48.14 PM.pngThe #Nomakeup campaign was first created to raise awareness and fund to support cancer patients, and it worked. Later on, it became a trend to encourage women to respect and love their natural beauty. People show selfies bare face on social media without makeup and filter to give the most authentic description of themselves. The hashtag #nomakeup is literally everywhere.

The message it sends is originally positive, clearly. But why are there still filters and filter apps? And why do women still wear makeup in #nomakeup selfies (I’m not talking about no makeup makeup look)?

It can be seen that the trend #nomakeup has degenerated into a silly movement to show off their (filtered) beauty. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally fine to wear makeup and use filters if that makes you comfortable and happy, but not to misuse. There’s no need any effort to find a full or partial makeup face lying on the bed on the Internet going with a caption like: “Waking up like… #nomakeup”. Women are getting obsessed with their look.

I have a high school female friend who is addicted to selfie, like it would be an incomplete day if she doesn’t have one to post. I see how much effort she puts in a selfie, from makeup to hair. Rarely do I see her real face on social media. For her, even with a waking up selfie aka a no makeup selfie, there should always be some kind of arrangement, whether it’s just fixing hair or eyebrow. I wonder, if it’s not, why does she declare it a #nomakeup? Is it just because #nomakeup selfie is a trend so following the trend will attract more public attention? So now what does the no makeup movement mean? What it has become has gone far different from its original nature. With what it has become, it doesn’t empower women but make them feel unconfident about their faces and their bodies, that they need help from outside, make up and filters and photoshop, for instance, to have the standard beauty they see on the media. And a big number of those images of what is understood as standard beauty come from mainstream media, which is newspapers and magazine, and advertising, and social media is where it spreads.

Overall, I guess, to say how much it inspires us, it depends on the angle we are looking at because there are two sides to every coin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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