Formed in 2014, The Be Real Campaign was founded in partnership with Dove and co-ordinated by YMCA England. Remember when Dove started to showcase people of all shapes and sizes and colors in their ads? Yup, that’s the kind of thing these organizations are all about. Be Real notes they’re about changing our attitudes towards body image and also wants to shine more light on the importance of health over looks. With that, they were the perfect people to talk to about this week’s topic. After a month of discussing what makes us self conscious, we’re ending on a high note talking with the people behind Be Real about their organization, their mission and what’s next for them this year.
When it all boils down, as this month is doing, we all have insecurities with the way we look. Be it acne, weight, our legs, what have you. We all have something that makes us feel less than but in reality – none of us should. I’d probably have more success solving an algebra problem (I’ve bombed it three times) than convincing someone they’re fine just the way they are. Why? Because we live in a world built around comparisons. We head to Yelp and comments sections to ensure a restaurant choice or a purchase is the best, looking at everything to compare and contrast to see fit the “best,” and we do the same with ourselves. We lock eyes with someone and instantly start looking them up and down to see how we stack up to them in all aspects but usually if it’s someone of the same sex, it’s looks first and foremost.
Buying creams and treatments from the store can cost as much as a phone bill, so when the funds are low, you have to get creative with things; especially treating those pesky pimples. Here are the top 10 things to pick up at the store next time you’re out to help you out.
It’s always been delightful to see a makeup wearing model doing an acne commercial. Like, how did she just splash water on her face but still look like she just walked out of the makeup chair after a two-hour session? Like many other products, acne ads and all those commercials are selling the world what they want; an idea that if you use this product, they will be perfect – but honey, do we always have to revert back to Hannah Montana? “Nobody’s perfect.” Remember that.
Growing up the daughter of a tomboy and the sister of two boys, it was clear that being an easy, breezy, beautiful Cover Girl was not something pushed on me. My mother likely still owns that same pink and green bottle of mascara (I Googled for clarification as I once used eye shadow on someone’s cheeks in theater), and she only wore it on insanely special occasions. The same went with any other ancient makeup relics found in her bathroom. When I started to get around the age girls start asking their parents to buy them this and that in the cosmetics department, I never felt like I needed to. Deep down maybe I thought it’d only make me look like Wesley Snipes in Too Wong Fu. Really though, I just didn’t care to spend all that time, energy and money on painting myself up every day – and it’s all thanks to my mom pointing out that boys don’t do that shit, so why do women have to? Point taken mom, point taken.