Recently, the physically endowed on air personality, Tools, showed off a pictorial reminder to her followers that her commitment to her weight loss goal isn’t a faux one, and we – as well as others – couldn’t help but pry her obvious progress. Knowing the rigmarole involved in a dedicated workout and diet regime, Tools deserved rounds of applauds, but not everyone thought so. Rather, some brows were raised and accusations were thrown; from the wonders of photo shop to the miracles of spanx, it seemed doubting Thomas’s found it too surreal.
Whatever the case is, everyone wouldn’t mind some glow-up aid, no?
However, whether it’s an appointment with a beauty surgeon or a series of DIY beauty moves like contouring, fixing on faux lashes, opting for padded bras, moving organs around with waist cinchers, and creating an illusion of a bigger behind with padded pants, it seems women are continuously aiming to reach the pop culture’s idea of perfection. While this is okay as long as ‘no one is hurting anyone’, still, feeding off another’s idea of perfection seems to have become a beauty pandemic.
Shout out to those women who want some glow-up but not for the opposite sex.
A while back, on the streets of twitter, Janelle Monoe shut down an overzealous-sexist twitter fan commenter who urged her to ditch her androgynous style for something sexier (according to his botched idea of sexy), her reply was simply epic!; “Sit down. I’m not for male consumption” – (this would have perfected our day some more if it was followed by a collar pop, fabulous natural hair flip and a regal walk away)… But you go girl!
Shout out to those women who deviate from the orthodox glow-up prescription with their heads held high.
Gabourey Sidibe is one of the most body-shamed celebrities in Hollywood. But time and time again, the plus size actress through it all stays winning with a positive attitude. She definitely doesn’t cower to criticism, “I was born to stand out. I don’t care whether or not people will find me attractive on screen. That’s not why I became an actor. I know that more and more with each new role.”
And shout out to those who have glowed-up despite the hand they are dealt.
Naomi Oni, who was a victim of an acid attack by her childhood friend, isn’t giving up just yet. She still isn’t deterred from her ambition to be part of the fashion industry one day and it’s with that attitude she lives each day hopeful.
We all, in our diverse shapes and sizes and colours are simply unique!