In our day and age, vanity is everywhere. Pick up a magazine. There it is. Look on Facebook. There it is. Talk to someone. There it is. Vanity can be defined as an excessive pride in ones appearance or achievements. Or in other words, it’s that stuck up b*tch you just don’t want to deal with.
But why is everyone so damn obsessed with the way they look these days? And why do so many of us seem to have a firm belief that we are superior or more deserving than others in every aspect. It’s simple really. That’s what we have been told to do. Taught to do. That is just the way it is. Magazines now photoshop images to achieve perfection. Even videos are being edited these days to make celebrities look perfect. Wether it be that sparkling filter that makes her skin glow, or that muffin top that photoshop so easily removed. People don’t actually look like that. But that does not mean we don’t want to.
We put up these images, we share these images, spread them like wild fire. I bet if you log onto your Facebook profile, scroll down and eventually you will find one of your friends has posted an image of what they want to look like, or someone who is just gorgeous. The reality is however, we don’t all look like celebrities. If we did, physical beauty would not exist. Attraction would cease to bring us together because we would all look the same.
As time goes on, people are getting prettier. Not people in general, but the people who have the resources and the genetics. The rest of us? We aspire to be like those who are ‘elite’ and representative of what is ‘good’ in life. Whether or not the good in life this represents is true, we believe it is. Some say it is human nature to aspire towards perfection, others say it is one of our biggest flaws. Yes, some of us APPEAR better than others. But that is where it ends. Beauty is nothing without something within. Our society is saying otherwise, but deep down, do we know there is more to life than that perfect hairstyle or those toned abs.
SOME OF US may realise this. But others find themselves trapped in a world where vanity rules. A world where photoshop means more than personality.