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A Twitter Thread Gets Real About Submitting To The Pressures Of Societal Beauty Standards And It Is So Damn Relatable

September 02, 2022 | by Ritu Sanghvi

I’m not a beautiful person – at least not by the beauty standards society has set. In fact, if you wanted to grade me as per the norms, then I probably don’t even belong in the average-looking category of people. And for the longest time, this very thought has troubled me. It started young with me being way darker than my brother, then it was for my weight, and now, very recently it is for my height – there is something or the other they’ll always find, isn’t it? Trust me, to ensure that I met the standards of beauty set by society, I have done things that have been very uncomfortable, painful (yes, waxing I’m looking at you), and above all very expensive. And I’m, not the only woman who has faced this. Just take a look at this recent Twitter thread I came across that talks about beauty standards and how difficult the journey to self-acceptance can be.

A Twitter user by the name of Laetitia Ky tweeted a series of tweets wherein she talks about how hurtful and painful it is to submit to grooming rituals just to be accepted in society because it is the society that tells you that your natural self is not up to the beauty standards they’ve set and also that it is dirty, not good enough, and disgusting.

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In another tweet, she wrote, “Im not yet where I want to be when it comes to rejecting beauty standards but Im slowly getting there. I’ve been able to deconstruct myself on many aspect but the pressure to be “beautiful” still a little bit there.”

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She then goes on to talk about another woman named Esther who is an artist and her story of self-acceptance inspired her. She further said that Esther, who is also a body hair activist, opened up about her journey of how first she used to hide her natural self and now, she has not only accepted it but also embraced it.

Having faced the pressure of the beauty standards set by society, I can say that the journey to self-acceptance is not an easy one and you’re most probably going to end up slipping more than once. But trust me when I say this, it is not just a beautiful one but also worth it. Afterall, you owe this to yourself and your body.

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