As some may know already, my platform is mainly empowering women and girls regarding social media. From a young age, I knew that I really wanted to change how girls saw themselves. I’ve seen friends compare themselves to celebrities who have nutritionists, 2 personal trainers, they go to the gym 24/7, and probably have had botox or plastic surgery of some sort. But we need to change that.

Social media is where people post their happiest moments. The traveling, concerts, nights with friends etc. It is also the place where people post the photos that they think they’re the prettiest in or their favourite one out of a photoshoot. With that in mind, everything is edited to some extent. If it’s a selfie, there’s editing on the brows to make them more arched, or to blur out pimples that may have popped up. Even if it looks natural, it most likely isn’t. So when younger girls, see that their favourite celebrities or creators start somehow having such clear skin, or the tiniest waist, they start to wonder why don’t they have that. That’s how EDs can start, or the anxiety to be “perfect”.

A year ago, I wouldn’t leave the house without covering my acne with some concealer, or fixing my uneven brows. For some instagram photos, I would take at least 100, because I didn’t like how my waist looked in it, or the way my hand was placed. Everything I posted was edited and was posed. Nothing was candid. So, only July 15, at 9:53, I took a selfie and just posted it. No makeup, oily skin, breaking out lots, hyper-pigmentation, etc. It was one of the biggest milestones mentally for me.

This pageant and this platform specifically got me here. I was thinking, if all my instagram posts are edited and not candid, that’s going against everything I believe in and my platform specifically. If I don’t have the confidence to do something like that, how do I expect others to do so? I do like my other pictures that I have posted in the past, but people need to know that there’s apart of it that is fake.

Everything in life is you against the little voice in your head. Beauty is not defined by numbers or the outer image. It is also from the inside. If you got an amazing personality, I know for a fact you are so gorgeous. Stop comparing yourself to others you see online and in real life. Chin up princess, you got this.

Written by: Joanne