Perhaps i’ve been living under a rock, (although I like to think i’m hip & with it since, you know, I run a blog), but I only JUST found out like a month ago that there was such thing as an airbrush app. YEA. Did you know?!
If you haven’t heard of this airbrush app, it pretty much does the exact same things that magazines do to their cover models. Gets rid of any and all imperfections. For example, it has this tool called a ‘blur’ tool, which makes the skin appear flawless. No blemishes, no redness – basically no pores. NO PORES! How will your skin breathe?!
There are a couple reasons why I don’t like this app, and i’ll point out the first and most obvious one – it’s all fake. And it bothers me that hundreds and thousands of impressionable people are buying into somebody that has effectively built and lied about their image, using a free application.
You might think i’m exaggerating or overreacting, but I haven’t even mentioned that you can alter your body with this app. Big butt, skinny waist, smaller nose – whatever you want at the swipe of your finger. As someone who works their ass off day in and day out – seeing my hard work get easily replicated and posted online – AGH. Just grinds my frigging gears.
This brings me to my second point as to why this app frustrates me: it is shaping and sabotaging the minds of young, influential females to believe that this is a standard of beauty that they need to achieve. And since they can’t attain that sort of perfection, it wears down on their self esteem and self confidence, while misrepresenting what true and real beauty is.
Even I was swept away by it all. I believed that these ‘Insta-famous’ models had gorgeous skin and/or were incredible in the make up department. I actually believed that their faces were flawless.
Except, the difference between myself and the young influential females that I just mentioned, is that I am no longer young, nor am I influenced by such things. Luckily I have enough self confidence and experience to know there is nothing gained from trying to meet these ridiculous standards of beauty (that, now we know, are NOT REAL).
I also don’t know if you know this about me – but I effing HATE the Kardashian’s. The fact that I just wrote their last name on my beloved blog makes me want to vomit a little bit. The fact that they are considered an ‘inspiration’ and entertainment to so many women out there is truly terrifying.
Their skin is not that perfect, their waists are not that tiny, and their lips are not that big (naturally, anyhow). This isn’t a post to bash the K-family (literally, NOT worth my time), but to prove that so much of what you see on their social media channels is edited, altered, and not real.
WHY, is society so obsessed with personalities that base their entire life around distorted and unrealistic photographs?
And before you say it – I KNOW that what you see on Instagram can be an inaccurate misrepresentation of a persons life. That, I cannot change. But supplying an application so women and girls can edit themselves to imitate their social media icons is something I cannot keep my mouth shut about. I created this website to help inspire and motivate through the power of exercise, and this app and ideology is SO conflicting with my beliefs and values, that I felt something needed to be said.
Okay so where am I going with all this? I could try and preach to you to not fall prey to this trap of lies, but there is only so much I can say. Instead, i’ll leave you with this promise:
I, Beverley Cheng, will never airbrush my own face or body, alter my image in any way, or misrepresent myself to you, in hopes of getting more followers, likes, sponsorship or traffic to this blog.
I never want to portray my strength, physique, or workouts as something that is unattainable – that’s not what Born to Sweat is about, and I would be a fraud if I chose to fake it.
Plus, when you’re as attractive as this – you don’t need an airbrush app to make yourself feel good.
What about you?
- Did you know about the airbrushing app?
- Is there any app/new invention out there that riles you up?
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