Some of you might not know this...
Right after Libertee finished her Fine Arts Degree, she set off to New York for a job with Stuff and Maxim Magazine. She worked for the photo department and a large part of her job involved assisting with celebrity shoots and editing the images, pre-publication. Not only was this an incredible experience, it was, more than anything, an eye-opening one. Libertee learned that much like we all want to look like the women on the cover of magazines – so do the women on the cover of the magazines, themselves. Thighs were made smaller, noses more petite, cellulite erased, and body hair eliminated. Actually.
Since her time in New York circa 2001, the world has changed in more ways than one. Technology has made it so we can feel inadequate on so many more levels. Thank you Instagram, thank you Facebook and thank you all electronic dating sites. It’s so great! Rejection can come with the left swipe of a finger, the failure of a digit to double tap, or a wise ass comment on your engagement ring photo: “It’s so cute!”
Grant it, these social media venues have the capacity to do all sorts of good things like keeping family connected, renewing old friendships and creating new ones; however, they also have the capacity to act as a mirror to which we compare our own experiences. This is where we need to be careful.
Have you ever kind of looked back through your Instagram and wanted to be friends with yourself? Right?!
It’s so easy to create the illusion of having your shit together with the snap of a selfie and the perfect piling of filters. However, if you’re anything like us, there will be a small voice in the back of your head, bringing you back to reality.
“Hey Lecina, remember how you took your Christmas tree down on February 6, 2016? Remember also how you drove your car into the wall of your parkade? You’re so awesome.”
“Hey Libertee, remember how you say Viet-muh-nese instead of Vietnamese? Remember also how you’re one of the few humans on the planet to fall going up the stairs? How does that even happen?!”
The fact that we both have a real life, with real problems and real issues – self-induced or otherwise, leads us to believe that we’re probably not the only ones. Social media draws attention to the highlights; those fleeting moments where the universe aligns and our eyeliner is perfect, the sun is just-so and the shadows that result make our cheek bones look like Queen Bey’s. . . all in all, a confident 8 out of ten. . .a little Valencia and contrast increase and we’re at a solid 10. Just. Like. That.
Of course we acknowledge that Social Media is more than just a barrage of Duck-Faced-Selfies and actually has the capacity to inspire, motivate and connect us with like-minded individuals and we love it for that.
We can’t begin to tell you how much we love the feedback, the comments and the positivity these avenues have resulted in. On that note, don't forget to share this with your friends. ;)
We just wanted to say, in the spirit of full disclosure: sometimes we go to bed without washing our face, too.