We're so inundated with images of "ideal" women that whether we intend for it to happen or not, those superficial images — and the ones we never see that might actually represent so many of us — can sometimes affect our feelings about our appearance and self-worth. I know the standard response is, "Well, don't let it bother you!" But that's easier said than done, particularly when we are bombarded with the standards from a very young age. This photo series, called "Stop the Beauty Madness," is intended to start conversations about ageism, racism, fat shaming, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, and more — all the madness that we're presented with regularly thanks to today's beauty "ideals."
If ads (or a lack of certain types) displayed the words that we sometimes feel because of them:
If we could respond to the negativity, it might look like these:
And then, of course, there are the messages that begin for girls when they're very young:
Wouldn't it be nice if the images we saw better represented all of us? If you want, you can share this using the Facebook and Twitter buttons below.