I was inspired to write this post after seeing the cover artwork for Demi Lovato’s new album, Confident, which will be released sometime in October. I’ve been a fan of Demi for a long time, and I have all four of her previous albums. In my opinion, her new single, “Cool For The Summer“, was mediocre… but I decided to give her new album a chance. After all, there’s bound to be some inspirational messages about confidence, I thought.
And then I saw the cover artwork.
I read the lyrics for the title track, “Confident“, prior to writing this post. If the song is about feeling confident in who you are… can someone please tell me why in the world there’s so much Photoshop in the picture?
In today’s society, we are often influenced by the media. Models in magazines (and other mass media) are often Photoshopped– to the point where they don’t even look like themselves. Although I’ve noticed this trend in all forms of media, it appears to be especially prominent in magazines that are targeted towards girls and women (such as Seventeen Magazine). These forms of media often remove the models/cover girls’ imperfections, making them look absolutely flawless.
The problem with this? Young girls might see these pictures and immediately think, this is how I have to look in order to fit in. They’ll start thinking that they’re not beautiful the way they are… and, in most cases, they will resort to extremes just to change their appearance and achieve that unrealistic goal of perfection. Issues like eating disorders have become a rising trend over the years– it’s really sad, if you think about it, that the media has put pressure on young people, for them to look a certain way in order to fit in.
Even celebrities have that constant pressure to look like the perfect Hollywood star. For example, Demi went through self-esteem issues when she was a teen, to the point where she pulled out of the Jonas Brothers’ 2010 World Tour to seek help. Since then, she’s been an advocate for self-acceptance, and an inspiration to many people around the world. It makes me wonder why the cover for her new album is edited to this extent. A little bit of Photoshop is alright, but this just seems like too much, in my opinion.
I’d also like to point out the revealing outfit Demi is wearing in the photo. In regards to the topic of this editorial (confidence): if she feels confident wearing an outfit like this for a photo-shoot, that’s all that matters… however, I wouldn’t want young girls to see this picture and think they have to dress this way in order to be beautiful. A word of advice (from first-hand experience): Confidence isn’t all about wearing see-through clothing or mini-skirts… it’s about wearing what makes you happy; what makes YOU feel beautiful.
Girls (and guys… really, anyone who’s reading this), I want you to remember one thing: the models on the covers of those fashion magazines/album covers/other forms of media, probably don’t look like that in real life. In most cases, the photos have been drastically edited. Everyone has imperfections (even models), and those imperfections are what makes you special. God created you in His perfect image, and He loves you… very much. (Yes, I know I basically quoted VeggieTales there. But it’s true!)
There will be days when you don’t feel like you’re beautiful; when you don’t feel like you’re good enough. You’ll look at those fashion magazines and think, “I wish I looked like *insert celebrity’s name here*.” Well, let me tell you something: celebrities have imperfections, too; the media just edits out those flaws
We, as a society, need to start accepting ourselves for who we are. We need to stop tearing ourselves (and others) down, and start building each other up. If you’re influenced by the media, and you start to tell yourself that you’re not worth it, not pretty enough– any comments like that… eventually, you’ll start to believe those things you’re saying.
Outer beauty doesn’t really matter that much. Your personality is really the only thing that matters. When you meet people, they like you the most because of your personality. I may not know all of you who are reading this editorial today, but let me encourage you by telling you this:
You are smart; you are talented; you have the ability to make a difference, even if it’s just a small impact on someone’s life; you are loved by so many people; and you are perfect the way you are.
Never let anyone tell you any different.