UBC DAY 20 – on Selfies

“Selfies are sometimes more than just trying to look pretty. They can be about empowering yourself and sharing that feeling with others. There is an overwhelming pressure in society today that we must all be beautiful, skinny and perfect like a lot of the celebrities and models that we see in magazines, on TV and in movies. There’s an entire industry of diet pills, cosmetics and hundreds of other appearance-changers that prey on people’s (women and men!) lack of self-esteem. It’s exhausting to feel as if you aren’t good enough or aren’t pretty enough or anything like that. In a world where teenagers are under constant scrutiny, I see no problem with us trying to find ways to love ourselves. If taking a pretty photo and sharing it with others completes that, then so be it.”

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