Society expects me to be perfect because of the stereotypes it’s created for its people. Models and actors are held to this unreasonable standard of beauty because they’re in the public’s eye so much. Cheerleaders are supposed to be tall, thin, blonde, and dumb. Fashionistas are looked at as stuck-up and snobby because they love dressing up and looking nice everyday.
Being all of the above, I can tell you that at times, it seems like the world is against you. I’ve never really cared about what others think of me, because if I’m happy with myself and my life, why should I care about what the rest of the world thinks? Just because I don’t care about what everyone thinks of me, it doesn’t mean that I don’t feel constantly pressured to look flawless 24/7 and act perfect all the time.
Around campus, I can feel people’s eyes on me as I walk around. I know I look different, act different, even walk differently than most people. It’s just because of my life and my background from modeling and acting. I can see the judgmental looks on the faces of the people I pass in public. Yes, I’m used to it. No, I really don’t care. Most of the time.
Looking at me from the outside, you would probably assume that I’m stupid and don’t care about my education because I love fashion and I’m a cheerleader. Not very many people actually take the time to get to know me as a person because my exterior doesn’t appeal to them.
I’m actually an intelligent person (shocker, right?!?). I don’t necessarily like math and science and technology, but that doesn’t make me an idiot. I love writing, and English, and fashion. I created this blog on my own. I’m now redesigning it myself. I actually know a lot about technology from editing my high school’s newspaper and running this blog. I have to, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am today.
As you guys know, one of my main goals in life is to inspire others through my work. I hate stereotypes with a passion. Why is it that in 2017 we’re still judging people and putting them into these categories that we as a society have created and accepted as normal and okay? I’m working to inspire others and fight the stereotypes that we’ve created.
My message to you is this:
Go out into the world. Be yourself. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Their opinions don’t matter, trust me. As long as you’re happy with yourself, that’s all that really matters. Fight the stereotypes that constantly surround us. Show the world who you are. Do so without shame, or fear of judgment and have fun living the life that you want to live.
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