After watching this video, I had flashbacks of my childhood. As early as 10 years old, I started hearing girls around me discussing and complaining about their changing bodies. At that age, it was the excitement of growing breasts. At the age of 12, we were all already stressed about our weight and size: wearing size 4 jeans was considered a nightmare. Hitting high school in the digital age meant that not only did you have to look better than the other girls in your class, but also you were immersed in a culture that shamed you if you had any sort of curves. We saw this constantly on social media. And now here I am in 2016 watching the potential next president of The United States express his disdain towards ‘overweight’ women.
Alicia Machado was 18, just a child, and she was put in every girl’s worst nightmare. Forced to workout in front of cameras while getting heckled by a man in a suit. That’s traumatizing, especially to someone who’s just been in a pageant her value came from looking good and influencing the young. The young who have now just watched the supposedly most beautiful woman in the world get torn down because of her figure. What kind of message does that send to the all the young girls who are watching, eager to copy the next best trend?
It’s almost guaranteed that any girl or woman you talk to has had a body-image issues. And for the most part, we could all quickly answer who we wished we looked like. We’ve been drilled that we need to look a certain way, but why? What good does it do anyone if we all focused on looking a certain way instead of feeling healthy and positive in our own bodies?