Award Season Impacting Body Image?

Submitted by Tori Sundholm, EPF Volunteer

Awards season is here. For me, this means camping out in front of the T.V. with a bucket of popcorn for a number of the upcoming Sundays.

Awards season is glamorous and exciting. Watching the stars walk down the red carpets in their elegant gowns and fitted tuxes calls for never ending “ohhhss” and “ahhhss.” Celebrities answer interviewer’s questions with how excited they are to be at the awards and recite who they are wearing with smiles hiding a grimace, hoping they say the designer’s name right.

The Grammy awards, which never disappoint when it comes to entertainment, were held on Sunday, Feb. 7. Performances by artists like Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Usher had viewer’s entertained. Like always, drama concerning who won what award swirled around in the media during the show. This year, Kanye West didn’t disappoint when he went up on stage and pretended to interrupt Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year and we are all still wondering if he was actually serious or not.

Although the excitement and drama of awards season can be alluring, it can also take a toll on self-esteem. Stars strut down the red carpet looking like what some may perceive to be perfection. It is important to remember these stars spend hours getting ready with a team of professionals who buff out even the tiniest flaw. Their red carpet looks are not real. Pounds of makeup and hours in the gym every day does not show who they really are.

It can be easy to get caught up in the glamor of the gowns and the delicacy of the makeup, but it’s important to remember accepting your body is always in fashion. Every body is different and every body is beautiful.

Beauty comes in diversity and imperfection. It comes in all shapes, sizes, outfits and hairstyles. Beauty is in your soul and it shines in things that you love. I see the beauty of singers and actors shine through because they are doing what they love, not because of how “perfect” they may be portrayed as.

So, if awards season is as much of an enchanting time for you as it is for me, this awards season let’s remember beauty is a state of mind, not a state of the body. Don’t weigh your self-esteem in the money and glamor of the celebrities walking the red carpets, but instead remember what you do and what you love that makes your soul extraordinary and beautiful.

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