“Growing up in the 90s, when Britney Spears was the popular icon of beauty amongst young girls, I remember constantly comparing my reflection to her posters plastered on my wall. I wondered if I was as beautiful as her as I emulated her pose in my mirror, hoping to appease my inner critic. This sentiment was not unique to me; my friends also lived with self-doubt and often sought validation. We had to tick all the boxes in the standardized beauty checklist. Beauty seemed like the finish tape at the end of a race, a race that never seemed to end. How did such narrow standards of beauty arise and why do we get trapped in it so often?”
I have reflected on how narrow standards of beauty came about, how it shapes us and what women are doing to fight it.