LONDON Social media plays a massive persona in our everyday lives. But, it can also add to the existing pressings we face, particularly when it is necessary to our bodies.
With Instagram filters, Photoshopped personas and curated feeds, social media can feel like an onslaught of unattainable perfection.
But, one British student has created a campaign are fighting the pressures maidens face from social media, including influences to lose weight or have cosmetic surgery.
Jade Johnson a student atBirmingham City University caused the “Un-Edit” campaign to foreground potential impacts Instagram consumers and celebrities can haveon young women.
The 22 -year-old worked with fellow student Laura Dawkes to create epitomes for thecampaign, which explores the ways in which Instagram may be a factor in dames dieting and considering cosmetic surgery.
Indeed, last year the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported that increasingly younger women were seeking cosmetic surgery. And, according to cosmetic surgeonMarc Pacifico, young people feel under “incessant pressure” to be perfect and compare themselves to edited portraits they recognize on social media.
The photos show both women in a range of situations, from taking selfies after surgery, to administering themselves with lip fillers and wrapping their bodies in cling film.Each photo is accompanied with poems that aim to confront the ideals presented on social media.
During Johnson’s second year of university, she felt herself being “sucked” into social media.
“I […] improved my own personal chart around this, even if they are deep down it reached me feel terrible as I was no longer being who I wanted to, but what social media wanted me to be, “Johnson said in the following statement emailed to Mashable .
The campaign was built to show women we do not need to give into the pressures of social media and we should be proud of who we are rather than letting it bring us down, ” she continued.
“We missed Un-Edit to construct us back up and hand ladies that confidence to believe they are beautiful, Johnson continued.
Johnson isn’t alone in voicing her exasperation with social media. In November 2015 , Australian teenager Essena ONeill punched headlines after quitting social mediabecause she became aware of the impact that “likes” were having on their own lives, and that of other social media users.
O’Neill said that she began “obsessively” checking the “like” count after uploading photos, and would take 50 photos before posting one to Instagram.
Kylie Jenner has also admittedthatshe takes 500 selfies in order to get the perfect photo for Instagram.
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