It is no mystery that we are inundated with thousands, even millions of images daily from tv to magazines, and more so than ever, social media. Social media has changed our world forever. We literally are connected globally, and we see even more the impact of major trends in US culture. With hashtags, memes,and videos, its easy to see whats going in pop culture, sports, music, fashion, etc. As special as this advantage is, I feel that it impacts a generation to focus on duplication rather than uniqueness. When there are nearly 7 billion people in the world, why do the majority of the 3 billion Gen-Yers want to be similar? (Of course this is a rough estimate...and I'm referring to those in major societies with access to technologies). When I get on ig and explore hashtags related to women I see "brows", "beat faces," "nail art", "ducklips", repunzel-like weaves, makeup and makeup and makeup, and consistent midriff bearing outfits. Now of course, these are just images. I don't know what the souls and spirits of these individuals are like but with such priorities being on physical appearance, it just makes me think about the women who I see who don't fit these trends. Why are they deciding to shine uniquely and freely? I'm not sure, I don't have an answer but I do have an opinion.
Femininity comes in all forms, and everyone is free to express their love and beauty in the way they see fit, Yet, I feel there is a "common look", vernacular, and code of conduct for Gen-Y women nowadays. It'd be different, if these perfectly adorned "baddies" were entrepreneurs, professors, doctors, pilots, artists, etc. posting about museums, travelling, politics, history, changing the world! ...of course some of those titles do exists, and maybe these topics might be covered in their timeline but I'm speaking of the masses. Individuality is underrated. Uniqueness is ignored. Everyone has a unique purpose; has a special spirit; is intended to think on its own path. Its ok to love to be adorned, but understand your purpose goes past following the current trend. To change the world, it requires searching your soul, not the makeup counter. To connect with who you are, and let that shine. At the end, ride in your lane because it was designed just for YOU! others may watch your journey, duplicate you, and then be inspired to ride their own lane!
Written By: Tiffany