The battle to have a proper perspective on who you are grows more challenging with every passing generation. When commercials scream, “Your skin starts to lose its elasticity at age 20” and you have 16 year olds modeling clothes for the adult market you are being attacked even before you get out of bed in the morning.
Last week I saw a disturbing trend that is happening on YouTube that bothered me to no end. Young girls who make videos asking the public to tell them whether they are “pretty or ugly”. Today Show – “Am I Pretty or Ugly” One of these videos has over 4,000,000 hits. My heart breaks for young girls that resort to YouTube to express their insecurities.
A couple of weeks ago I was driving with my son and we were having a discussion about the battles girls face when it comes to self-esteem and the false message the media gives about beauty. I told him if he has a daughter he has to teach her that the role of commercials is to make you feel inadequate about yourself unless you have their product. Then to counter act all the negative message he needs to shower his daughter with love.
If you have a tween or teenage daughter or niece in your life give them a hug today or better yet give them a call or text them right now and tell them they are beautiful, wonderful and talented. It could be just what the doctor ordered. Better yet, play the video from the Today Show and have a discussion.
Let’s fight to save more girls having to post to YouTube and have the world decide if they are “pretty or ugly.”
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)