In just 37 seconds, you'll see why beauty standards are still so ridiculous
via Global Democracy

A video created by Global Democracy in 2011 shows how a female model with a normal, healthy body can be quickly transformed into something physically unattainable with just a few mouse strokes.

The video was part of a campaign to have mandatory disclaimers on all airbrushed photos of models because of the negative psychological effect the images have on young girls.



Body Evolution - Model Before and After www.youtube.com


Although the video is almost 10-years-old, the issue has only become worse with the advent of social media platforms such as Instagram that present unattainable images of Photoshopped women to young girls.

Instagram draws young women to "compare themselves against unrealistic, largely curated, filtered and Photoshopped versions of reality," Matt Keracher, author of a 2017 report on social media's effect young people's mental health.

Although new media platforms have created a tidal wave of Photoshopped images of unattainable beauty, there have been some efforts to help curb the amount of digital manipulation in the media.

Since then, France and Israel have both passed laws that require photos of digitally manipulated models in the media to have a disclaimer.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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