As teenagers and adults, we’re no strangers to the feelings of being pressured to be pretty. Ads are constantly thrown in our faces on a daily basis telling/showing us what we SHOULD look like. Some of us have enough confidence in ourselves not to buy into it, but there are still a lot of us who still feel un-pretty. I see this particular situation as a normal everyday thing. Unfortunate, but normal. For a little girl (or any child, for that matter) to experience these same feelings, however, is not and it shouldn’t be.
No child should have to worry about their physical appearance. They’re kids for crying out loud! They should be outside getting dirty, skinning their knees, playing with dolls/action figures, etc. They shouldn’t be sitting in front of the mirror messing with their face looking for non-existent wrinkles, fluffing up their hair, or pulling at their clothes.
We have a responsibility to be good role models and to teach them inner beauty trumps outer beauty. That’s not only a lesson for them, but for us as well. Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way and we shouldn’t let the beauty industry, or anyone else tell us any differently.