skin. I am a soul that lives within…” We have sung these songs of empowerment written by many artists but still are faced with issues of women and body image. I remember the days of the Coca cola Pop stars band, Jamali and their song Love me for me. It was the song every girl new all the
words to and sang to anyone (especially a boy you were friends with and secretly liked). Even so,
many young women and girls face challenges about their bodies. Instead of being accepted for who
and what you are, society shows you what you need to be in order to be accepted.
Young women and girls are growing up in a world where the perfect look is found through the pages
of magazines, on advertisements and on your TV screens every day. What is even sadder is when,
because this perfect look and way of life has been infiltrated into every woman’s mind, women now attack each other as well.
We should be treating each other as human beings instead of judging each other based on statistics
or Photoshop. There is more to a person than their physical makeup. The world needs to stop holding on to brushed up images that have been going under the knife of Photoshop.
Even the African culture has embraced this way of life. There is nothing wrong with women changing their hairstyles, and wanting to look good. It just becomes an issue when what you put on yourself then defines you. You are beautiful just the way you are. African women now strive to look lighter, bleaching themselves. Why do we want to look like a false image of ideologies only plastic dolls
attain? This has also been registered into the minds of young girls- like in the TLC show toddlers and
tiaras. Babies are introduced into the life of pageants.
Teenage girls spend their time worrying about their weight and fitting in. Society has linked fuller
bodies or curvy bodies to resemble obesity and associate it with laziness or unhealthy eating habits
and so on. Whereas, there is more to weight and body image than these ideologies.
My weight should not define me. Don’t restrict me within the walls of the media’s ideas of
perfection. “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made …“(Psalm 139:14). So it’s either you take me as I am or don’t look at my direction at all. In the words of Beyoncé, “I woke up like. I woke up like this… Flawless!”
Photo Credit: Nandi Mngoma