Beauty Standards

Klara Jamil, Writer

While trying to find their place in society, beauty standards surrounding teenagers can cause stress and anxiety.

Girls should be able to walk around looking natural and dressing up as they please.

“Girls are expected to always wear makeup and look good, stay fit, always have their nails done and wear brands,” Stevenson senior Lydya Atto said. “I do not believe this is how girls should look. They should act and be natural and love the way they look.”

Teenagers are constantly trying to keep up with the newest trends in order to fit in with everyone else.

“I think people should just look the way they feel most comfortable and confident in themselves,” Ford junior Amber Cicilian said. “That is all that matters. I feel like it is expected for girls especially to look a certain way in order to appeal to current beauty standards. People are expected to have their hair done and wear tight fitting clothes to fit in.”

Not are only girls being expected to look a certain way, now even guys are trying to follow up with the trends to look like a certain way.

“I feel a standard of beauty is not in color, body shape or features but in how you groom and keep ourselves up,” Stevenson junior Sewell Sean said. “By the world standards, you may not have what others consider “beauty features,” but if the individual comes clean and dresses nice, others will take notice and will say they look good.”

Teenagers are trying to fit into a society that expects them to look like models and celebrities.

“I think the expectation to be in style, neat and clean are out there,” Eisenhower sociology teacher Margaret Mazuchowski said. “The strict make-up and designer ideas are fading. Teenagers are expected to “fit in,” but should overcome beauty ideas from ads and celebrities.”

Teenagers are being pressured to fit into certain categories in order to have that “perfect picture” image.

“These days, many girls feel insecure about their body or facial features because of how the media portrays the perfect girl,” Ford junior Edith Pilarski said. “When it comes to beauty standards, I feel as if they are especially geared towards women. Beauty standards are negatively impacting young girls because they feel the need to fit in or look like the models from the magazines.”