#AspireUp: Beauty Isn't Everything
This may be an odd bit of insight coming from someone who runs a beauty publication, but I think that one of the most destructive narratives that women (and all people, for that matter) are conditioned to believe is that their worth as a human being stems from and is tied to what they look like.
And while increasingly unrealistic ideals of how a woman's face and body "should" look certainly prove problematic, attempts to celebrate the beauty of everyone are not necessarily the solution.
Just to be clear, I am not referring to the campaigns of brands that aim to begin representing portions of the population who have historically been unjustly ignored; I am talking primarily about social media statement "shots" and viral videos that center around the notion that those who don't fit into the stereotypical "attractive" mold should be equally admired for their physical features—and, most importantly, that this becoming a reality elevates anyone upward.
It really doesn't. And don't fall for the belief that being able to be objectified too is progress—the bottom line is that women are still being told that their worth comes from what they look like, not who they are, who they are striving to become or the feats that they accomplish.
Really, why is being perceived as beautiful so important? It doesn't propel you to speak up, speak out and speak on. It doesn't sharpen wit or push you to power through adversity. It isn't a mark of bravery or lessons learned.
F*ck that. Be more. Aspire up.