The popularity of this self-made photo rose dramatically within the past few years, and it’s difficult to not browse through Facebook and see one, or witness teenage girls taking them in public bathrooms with giggling abandon. In this clip from http://www.upworthy.com, adolescent girls and their mothers were challenged by a professional photographer to take selfies. The catch? No makeup, no special lighting, no photo shopping. Just them.
In our culture teenage girls, as well as their older mothers, hold themselves to a sometimes ridiculous beauty standard. What the models in print and media portray are deemed desirable, and whether it’s having flawless skin, no wrinkles, or wonderfully manicured hair, the grass always seems greener in the imaginary world of models and professional photography. This clip urges society to stop believing in the fantastical world of magazine covers, and instead embrace true beauty–imperfections and all.