According to Dove’s global research, a whopping 77% of the world’s population of women are camera shy. That’s way over half the world’s population of women, old and young inclusive. This research suggests some women are self-conscious and feel uncomfortable at the receiving end of the camera.
Also, 55% of women only saw the negative when confronted with photos of themselves. This statistical data could be narrowed down to one basic fact, over half the world’s population of women are not confident about how they look.
Social media has gradually become the new beauty benchmark. From hair to skin, nails, and body shape, there’s been a massive trend on what beauty is perceived to be and basic beauty standards, majorly a pointer to physical looks and attributes. With high standards set and the constant struggle to look and feel beautiful, a large percentage of the world’s population of women still feel inadequate, they don’t feel beautiful.
We are our greatest fault-finder! It’s easy to point out where the fault is, the blemish, spot, pimples, discoloration or crack even before it’s discovered, even if no one is paying attention. According to Jennifer Bremmer, Director of Unilever skincare, women are very critical when it comes to their looks and it can impact their self-esteem, confidence, and happiness.
We are in ourselves adequate! We need to raise and be a generation of women who feel positive about ourselves, on the outside and inside as well. Women who are blessed and satisfied, who wouldn’t accept any mediocre standard offered by society because the real standard should be a measure of what we’ve got to offer.
Unashamedly, we should walk out every day and allow the world to have a taste of the ravishing worth we have to offer. We should bear in mind that we have beautiful girls and boys to raise. Hence, confidence, self-esteem, and happiness should radiate from our innermost core as well as theirs
To help eradicate a camera-shy mindset, the following tips should be considered:
Firstly, take three solid, deep breaths (lol) it works magic!. Bear in mind that beauty is a mindset. It’s a reflection of the deepest, truest state of the mind. Been happy or sad could expressly be reflected in how we carry ourselves throughout the day. Mood, gestures, expression, action, are influenced by the way we feel on the inside. Happy or not, the result will tell. Happiness reveals the truest form of beauty.
NO SOCIAL MEDIA.
Never use social media as a benchmark to gauge what beauty is or should be. A lot of photos are photo-shopped and edited, flawless faces have been contoured and layered with lots of foundation, flat tummies as a result of liposuction or tummy belt, hairless bodies have been waxed. All the aforementioned are not wrong practices. They are procedures carried out to enhance an aesthetically appealing look but shouldn’t be a prerequisite to beauty. We should learn to embrace, love, and celebrate our differences. We are unique in varying ways.
PLENTY OF PICTURES PLEASE.
Pictures keep memories alive. The more pictures you take, the more you discover your good angles, poses, and what works for you. A great way to achieve this is by taking selfies, then slowly transition to asking a close friend or relative whom you are comfortable with to take full pictures of you. Be creative with the pose and above all, be comfortable. Remember, Photos taken during road trips, vacations, beach parties, graduation, mountain hike, camp meetings, picnics, are photos worth looking back at in some 5- 10 years. I have photos from field trips and work that I nearly deleted, but looking back at them recently, I’m glad the lord prevented those fingers from hitting the delete button (lol)
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
Constant words of affirmation gradually transform you into whom you say you are. Consciously and sub-consciously, you gradually take the likeness of whom you say you are. You have to say it and scream it until you believe nothing else but the truth, the beautiful truth!. “I am bold,” “I am beautiful”, “I am awesome”, say words like “damn girl, You so hot!’’ “lord did a fine job!’’. Your confessions are your reality. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.
Anytime you think of the camera and how exhausted you’ll be when those lenses are pointed right at your face, just remember these words and give it your best shot. You are: