Thinking about Break Beauty Standards & Asking “Do I consider myself beautiful? You are.
This is a gentle reminder from Dermaliscio and 5 Empowering women that beauty standards & stereotypes were set to limit you. Love yourself the way you are, and choose for yourself what suits you not the media.
The Science Behind Beauty Standards
The science behind beauty standards is influenced by a range of factors, including cultural, biological, and psychological factors.
Culturally: beauty standards are shaped by media, social norms, and advertising, which often promote unrealistic and idealized images of beauty. These images can be harmful and contribute to negative body image and low self-esteem.
Biology: some features, such as symmetrical facial features, are universally considered attractive because they are associated with good health and genetic fitness.
Psychologically: our perceptions of beauty can be influenced by our individual experiences and preferences, as well as our cultural and social environments. For example, studies have shown that people tend to find traits attractive that are common in their cultural or ethnic group. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, more than 90% of women are dissatisfied with their bodies, and this dissatisfaction is linked to lower self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders.
See How These Women Break Beauty Standards:
A Lebanon model with Elite Model Paris & a defender of women’s rights and bodies.
What is the power that drives a successful model to clearly refuses traditional beauty standards on social media? Arida encourages real beauty using the hashtags: #Loveyourself #حبّي_حالك.
As a reminder for women on social media, Arida: “Always remember: Most of what you see on social media isn’t real and is heavily edited. Perfection doesn’t exist. Love yourself as you are.”.
A New Zealand human rights activist & fashion blogger.
Nurul is a veiled woman who breaks beauty standards and stereotypes that presume the Islamic veil to be ugly, oppressive, and inimical to fashion. Wherefore, Nurul participated in the Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant wearing Hijab and she won 5th place in 2018.
Nurul posted on Instagram: “I never asked for ‘fame’, I honestly just want to live an authentic and abundant life. I want to help people feel good about themselves and realise their own potential. So I hope that whatever happens in the future, I continue what I love doing and that I am always real with whatever I say and do.”.
An international style icon.
Karen shares her beauty routines and personal style with her followers on social media. She breaks certain beauty standards by promoting body positivity, embracing her natural features, and encouraging others to do the same.
Karen after a day full of beauty reminds women of their natural look as their real ones.
“Just know that when you’re scrolling though Instagram you will find the best curated photos of the people you love and follow. It sometimes takes hours and teams to make someone look the way they appear, don’t let that ever make you feel less of yourself.”
With the following caption: “❤️ being beautiful doesn’t mean being flawless.”, Karen published a short reel responding to the comment “how are you so flawless” showing us her imperfect body that doesn’t follow the traditional beauty standards.
The American author of “The Beauty Myth,” Book.
Wolf in her book has exposed the damaging effects of beauty standards on women’s self-esteem, health, and social status, and how standards make women put themselves down. She called for a more diverse and empowering definition of beauty.
Wolf thinks that they set beauty standards for you to distract you exaggeratedly from other important matters and roles for you as a woman in life. Also, to reduce your financial strength, because chasing after beauty standards requires a lot of money. Thus you have lost a lot of time and money on false beauty standards.
In her interview with Dazed Digital, Wolf explained: “You don’t really understand anything until you understand who had money and who had power, and so The Beauty Myth traces how beauty ideals keep women from having money and power.”.
A Canadian model and activist.
Harlow has vitiligo, a skin condition that causes depigmentation. She challenged the notion of flawless skin and promoted body positivity and self-love. Harlow breaks beauty standards in her way by embracing her unique features and advocating for diversity in the fashion industry.
“Saying brave to me about going outside and being confident in my skin, implies that there’s a problem with my skin and I must need a pat on the back for being confident to go outside looking like this.”, Harlow said in her interview with the BBC News.
Lizzo (Melissa Jefferson)
An American singer and rapper.
Lizzo promotes body positivity and self-acceptance through her music, fashion, and social media. She challenges the beauty standards that exclude women with larger bodies, darker skin, or unconventional features.
Obviously, we see women of color often underrepresented in media portrayals of beauty, which can perpetuate damaging beauty standards that exclude non-white individuals. ” But with all this, Lizzo was able to live and show her own beauty according to her own standards, saying: “I’m a body icon, and I’m embracing that more and more every day,”. Her confidence shows us her beauty, real beauty!
Dermaliscio: We Break Beauty Standards by Empowering Women to Have the Choice to Choose, How?
Dermaliscio creates safe options and gives women the power to create their style upon their beauty standards using safe healthy ways. Just like when you think of buying makeup, is it the eyeliner that doesn’t smudge? The foundation labeled as the best foundation? Is it applying a soft texture free of silicon and talc?
Discover Your Beauty
Instead of wearing makeup to cover their scars, spots, and acne, we encourage to invest in safe and high-quality makeup. Instead of focusing on the colors only, we maintain beautiful colors with a safe formula that doesn’t leave your skin tired afterward.
Beauty Market Value, FYI.
The beauty industry is worth billions of dollars and continues to grow with a projected global beauty market value of $758.4 billion in 2025, Statista. Being aware of the messages that the media is promoting is now a priority. To challenge narrow beauty ideals by demanding more diverse and inclusive representation in media.
These women, and many others like them, have shown that you can break beauty standards. Beauty is not a one-size-fits-all concept. True beauty comes from within, from embracing one’s uniqueness, and from promoting inclusivity, diversity, and self-love. Love yourself, and choose based on your standards.