The Transition of Modern Day Beauty

by Stephanie Zhou

If I say Kylie Jenner, what’s the first word that pops into your head? If I didn’t know any better the words “GORG” or “TOTES HOT” probably flashed through your brain and then you likely tweeted about it with a redundant amount of heart-eye emojis. Listen, I’m not trying to be harsh because I also worship Kylie Jenner to the extreme, but is she really what girls our age should strive to be? It’s the norm, the new trend or just an unspoken rule that we have to see these celebrities as the benchmark of beauty. We all tell ourselves that it’s okay to hang out in sweatpants and watch Netflix all day but here I am, crying over Kylie’s snapchat story of her driving in yet another Range Rover.

Ever since the beginning of time, the standards of being beautiful have steadily stayed the same. As little girls we played with perfectly shaped, blonde and blue-eyed Barbies or flawless American Girl Dolls and thought nothing of it. But time has passed and we continue to play with our celebrity Barbie dolls. From Kylie Jenner to Gigi Hadid, we worship at our hands and knees for these superior beings, and don’t even get me started on the guys. At an all girls school, I am surrounded by so much estrogen that when I just see a guy in public it freaks me out. Imagine this blown up by 100% as us girls worship male celebrities. The things we say about Justin Bieber or Nick Jonas are kind of insane. Some girls go as far as “I would take a bullet for [insert name here]”. Hello, can we just talk about how you would risk your life for someone you haven’t even met? Unless you’ve met him, he probably doesn’t know who you are, no matter what you think. Girls all over the world are also guilty of this mad obsession over these overrated and fake identities. But do you really think that after all of his bad behavior that Justin Bieber has realized his mistakes?

Now I must admit that there has been some change in the modeling world. Meet April Star, a ten-year-old model that has a skin condition called vitiligo. Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. This ten-year-old girl has turned her misfortune into something beautiful. She has taken all of the pain and hurt from bullies and put it into tremendous effort for her career. In an interview with Buzzfeed, she defined confidence as “ being yourself and never being afraid of showing anyone the real you”. Another industry-changing precedent is 18-year-old model Madeline Stuart. She has changed fashion forever by being the youngest model with Down Syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week. She is seen as a gorgeous young girl who isn’t discriminated against but appreciated and celebrated. The fashion industry has accepted girls of all races and size and the response has been overwhelming. Society has learned to honor and emulate everyone no matter their imperfections.

The transition of modern day beauty is promising. Every day, people are turning their heads to acknowledge the beauties of the world. The slow decrease in the obsession with the A-list celebrities is only the beginning of change in the fashion industry. I’m not telling you to stop tweeting about how hot Justin Bieber is or how gorgeous Kylie Jenner looks but maybe we all need a little self-control at times. You don’t need a new car or full lips to be beautiful. Live everyday with no regret and everyone will love you for you. As the queen of pop, Beyoncé once said” Be healthy and take care of yourself but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.”