Social Norms Of Beauty

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Society is founded on one principle and one principle only: beauty. By age twelve, I adapted society’s principle as my own. I admired the beautiful actresses with the flawless skin, shiny hair, and thin body. I wanted that for myself and began to straighten and curl my hair at the age of twelve. At thirteen, I wanted more. I begged my mom for contacts, because everyone knows that the girl with glasses are not beautiful—well at least in makeover movies. I then begged her to allow me to get my eyebrows down, and despite of the stinging pain that slapped against my forehead I felt beautiful. However, that wasn’t enough. I began to want more. I wanted to look more beautiful. By fifteen, I was wearing full face makeup. Foundation peppered over …show more content…
Today women must have thick eyebrows, a thigh gap, and flawless skin. The “natural look” is considered beauty, but nothing about the natural look is natural. It consists of routine makeup to create the natural look such as foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Yet, it is still considered “natural” and this urges women to get this natural look. This is where this social norm has come part of social control. Many women feel that they must conform to these social norms. Women are expected to look a certain way and are expected to act a certain way. Real beauty is found through makeup and that is something that has been passed down to us since the beginning of makeup began thousands of years ago; it has just adapted into this crazed frenzy through society supporting makeup through ads, commercials, and celebrities. Everyone feels that they must conform and look the part. I decided that I no longer wanted to look the part. Being a craved makeup addict, wearing makeup every day since the age of fifteen, I wanted to see how people would react if I didn’t wear makeup anymore. Would people realize my bare face and flaws? Would people realize the deepest parts of myself that I always covered with makeup? Despite the insecurities, I felt in making this difficult decision, I decided to go with …show more content…
My family knows me better than anyone, especially my grandma, sister, and mom. They understand that I would go nowhere without makeup, that makeup has become part of my identity. Before going through my breaking the social norm, I had no idea of what they would exactly say or do, but I did know that they would be shocked in me wearing my bare face. I wanted this experiment to feel real. In feeling real, I wanted to experience it in my every day to day life. Therefore, I decided to go along with my norm violation at school, work, and at home. I was surrounded by fellow students, instructors/professions, coworkers, strangers, and families throughout the day. In being surrounded by an abundance of people, it issues a feeling reality. Everything was set into motion to explore what these individuals, some individuals who I work closely with and see every other day, will react to my naked

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