Friday 24 November 2017

The ugly truth behind how society pressures women to look good all the time

Maybe the rise of the selfie is because there’s something empowering about women being able to present their faces in the way they want them to seen. Picture posed by model
Maybe the rise of the selfie is because there’s something empowering about women being able to present their faces in the way they want them to seen. Picture posed by model
Louise O'Neil

Louise O’Neill

It was August 2011. I had left the office to wade through the thickening air and clammy tourists clogging up Times Square to get the Q train back to Brooklyn.

Leaning against the brick wall of the subway platform, I began to run through the events of day in my head. (Did I send those samples back to Gucci? Did I make yet another stupid mistake? What am I doing with my life?) And then I saw her. A girl in her late teens, sitting by herself, shiny black hair falling around a thin, porcelain face.

She was holding her iPhone in front of her, awkwardly trying to take a photo of herself, checking the camera, sighing heavily, then attempting to take another photo. I glanced around me, wanting to catch someone's eye so that I could confirm that this girl was actually taking a photo of herself with her phone on the subway platform. What was happening?

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