Magazines, films, and television present people who fit into an acceptable category—usually made-up and airbrushed to rub out their imperfections, their sallow complexion, their small eyes, their big nose. As soon as a so-called ugly person appears in front of the public, we judge them.
And we want to be like those images we see day after day.
And yet, nobody is what we deem to be perfect.
We are all born different. Some people are tall, some are short, some are big-boned, some are slender. Some people's faces are long, some round, some oval. This difference makes us individuals.
If we all looked the same, we'd be like racehorses, bred for certain characteristics and from limited stock. Taking this thought to its longest stretch, let's say one man's sperm fathered the whole human race to produce specific goals. Of course, all the countries in the world would have to unite to achieve this utopia. Would you really want this weird science fiction scenario?
Once, the rounded female figure was held up as ideal.
But why are long legs considered better than short ones? Mine only just manage to support me in my old age.
In the UK, a dwarf, bullied and called 'Mini Me' because of her size, spent five years in agony undergoing a painful procedure to make her three-and-a-half inches taller.
The teen stopped growing at just under 4ft 5ins, is now proudly standing tall at 4ft 8.5ins. She endured years of horrific taunts such as "freak" after being born with dwarfism. The slurs affected her so much that she wanted to change her stature. In 2010, she was given the go ahead for controversial leg-lengthening procedures.
The painful process, which took more than four years, has left her with dozens of scars on her legs. and a huge smile on her face. Source: Mirror.
Let's put a stop to pointing fingers at anyone who doesn't conform to the norm in physical appearance. Let's be proud of our differences. After all, our unique qualities are born from natural selection, which made the human race strong enough to rise to the strongest species on Earth.
Think about what makes you different and rejoice in your individuality.