Via Heather Johanssen I came across this video of a woman who has acne, a skin condition that can create physical scars and even deeper emotional ones. She had posted images of herself on social media with and without makeup. The video shows her transition and the comments that she received. It seems like she just can’t win.
Knowing what we know about how vicious people can be on the internet, why would she expose herself to such vitriol? She explains her motivation:
Three months ago, I began posting images of myself without makeup on social media. The following film contains real comments that were left on images of my face.
Over the past few months, I’ve received thousands of messages from people all over the world who suffer or have suffered from acne, an insecurity or self confidence issues.
I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we’re so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that It can be hard to remember the most important thing
You ARE beautiful. You are beautiful – no matter how flawed you feel, no matter how upset you may about the way you look or how hard you find it to make friends, or be confident. Believe in yourself, and never let anyone tell you’re not beautiful – not even yourself.
It is quite incredible to me that people feel free to make such gratuitous hateful comments to people about their physical appearance. Why do they care?