Recently I was watching an episode of Entertainment tonight and saw a segment about a recent Beyoncé controversy, stating that she had photoshopped her thighs in a picture of her, in a golf stance, on vacation. Now, Beyoncé is a grown woman, and if it makes her feel better about herself to photoshop a picture on her Instagram feed, than so-be-it, but my question is why? Why would a powerful, stunning, talented, and beautiful woman feel the need to? And a better question is what kind of a message is this sending to the young woman who look up to her?
The reality of the situation is that most young women have curves and imperfections, if you will. There are no perfect body-types out there. I believe that proper nutrition and exercise are important, but when the people our young women look up to, who seemingly embrace their imperfections, begin doing things like this in their social media, it sends out the message that, No, you really aren’t good enough!
I don’t pretend, for one minute, to understand what it must be like to have your every movement scrutinized by the media. I am sure it is very daunting indeed. But, when you choose to enter into that world, you have chosen to make yourself a role model for millions of young women around you, and I a sorry to say that the things you say and do can have both positive and negative impacts. That is why I feel that we, as a society, need to start holding celebrities to a higher standard than we have in the past.
This goes beyond Beyoncé “supposedly” photoshopping her thighs in a photograph. This applies to the Miley Cyrus’ of the world, the Kim Kardashian’s, the Keisha’s, etc. The little things that you do in your “private life” DO matter. The messages you send out, whether through your music, your reality shows, or your antics in the headlines are shaping and molding a generation. It is time to think about the legacy you want to leave behind. Use your influence to empower the youth of today not to “do what that want”, to “party all night”, or to question the beauty of the way they are created. Use your influence to encourage them to educate themselves, empower themselves, and be the best version of themselves that they can be!