Newest Light, Lexie - 16: "Expectations"
Long thick hair, slim but doesn’t look bulimic, funny, smart, hot, full lips, sharp cheek bones, darker thinner eyebrows, narrower nose.” These are all characteristics the world says women are to live up to in order to meet the expectations they set. These are expectations that may have not matter to us in the beginning but now do because of this wild criteria that they set. We don’t see ourselves as beautiful because we don’t look like photoshopped supermodels that AREN’T real. What happened to, liking if not loving, the looks we were born with? The answer is what society has come to believe because of the media. Not only do we have the world’s expectations and ideas of us but ours too. Looking at this photo made me think of how the tree, branches, and needles are all bending under the pressure of the snow and how women and girls are put under similar pressures by the images put into our heads of perfection and beauty. It made me think about how I have the world’s expectations but how mine are really what matter. What I think of me is important, not everyone else. I want to live for me and what I believe in. Not everyone else. I am an imperfection young woman and I’m happy with that.