Selena Gomez recently took a strong stance against the so-called beauty myth, after suffering some more body shaming from the media, something which unfortunately she is no stranger to by now. According to Selena, the beauty myth is 'an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern women in an endless cycle of helplessness, self consciousness and self-hatred'. I can't agree more, actually.
Amy Schumer also joined in, adding that we shouldn't strive to be another version of ourselves, and that we should love ourselves just how we are. Again, I couldn't agree more.
I actually feel like, with more and more voices like these, the beauty myth has already lessed in its grip on our collective imagination over say, the past ten years. So keep up the good work, people! Of course, we still have a long way to go, seeing that the media still likes to body shame, and that rates of anorexia and other eating disorders are still way too high. I guess the promotion of alternative beauty standards, and perhaps a relaxation in the strict binary view of gender, will be helpful in the road ahead.