it’s really easy to compare yourself to celebrities and those who you think look better than you. but sometimes you need to have a reality check and realise that everyone has their own shortcomings. i believe that the entertainment industry is slowly becoming more forward about their imperfections. i really appreciate celebrities like emma watson and jennifer lawrence who do see a problem in the industry’s obsession with skinny girls and showing off too much skin. (although i do also believe that there are cases in their line of work that have contradicted some of their claims.)
one of the things i’d like to bring to light, though, is shortsightedness – in the literal, not figurative, i.e. dumb comments, sense. you don’t really see too many celebrities wearing their glasses if they are shortsighted. which leads to the assumption that to get anywhere in life you need to have perfect eyesight, or fake it to make it, i.e. contacts. and this is a really bad influence to our generation.
i know plenty of my friends wear contacts longer than they should. and i’m alright with people wearing contacts for special occasions. what i don’t like, however, is when people become too dependent on contacts as a determinant, a sole factor, of how pretty they look or are. and i think a lot of that owes to the image the industry sets up for what is pretty.
after all, there are far too many movies where glasses stand as a symbol of being a nerd/geek/ugly duckling, a symbol that the protagonist has to shed so as to become a stronger version of themselves. take every superhero movie as an example. superman and spider-man (i’m kind of proud of myself to know that stan lee specifies that spider-man needs a hyphen in his name.) also, take every ugly duckling story of a nerdy girl. ugly betty, the house bunny, geek charming (i realise i mentioned more obscure shows, but those are the ones that immediately pop in my head.)
oh, and maybe every single taylor swift video that existed.
i don’t think any girl or guy should be forced to live within these symbols where glasses instantly means that you’re a nerd or a geek or inferior, especially if it results in you wearing contacts for prolonged periods of time. ’cause eye infection is a really serious and disgustingly common case that can easily be preventable if people were more accepting of the way they look, and accepting that they are beautiful.
i’ve had so many friends that have fallen asleep while wearing contacts, or have gone swimming wearing contacts, or even to the shower with them on. their eyes dry out and turn red, but they still put them on the next day in the fear of having someone spot them with their glasses on. these kinds of insecurities are no match for the risks of going blind ’cause you’re straining your eyes more and more with each of these incidents that take place.
i can potentially attempt to scare readers now with images of contacts-related eye diseases. but i think you guys are smart enough to google image that yourself, if you are willing. instead, i think i’ll do something different, and show you photos of celebrities wearing glasses. and not hipster glasses, no. normal, prescription glasses. glasses that the everyday person wears.
honestly, i’m happy to see celebrity youths with perfect vision or contacts on. but i think it’s about time for some of them to stand as advocates, promoting the fact that one does not need to have perfect vision to be beautiful. that you can be beautiful by just being yourself and comfortable with the way you look.
’cause honestly, i think everyone is beautiful when they are themselves! 🙂