A New Norm

Fashion has never been known for its realness, but now more than ever it seems as though the industry is split in half in regards to truth in body image, leaving very little room for a more moderate middle ground. On one hand, Instagram and the weight of social media on young people's lives is leading to a greater desire for false reality. The editing and retouching done to photos for the sake of uploading them to Instagram just seems like a norm -- none of my friends, or myself for that matter, will upload a photo without running it through a series of edits using various apps and filters. This behavior leads to the expectation that real life is supposed to look like a scroll though Instagram. Being a teenager myself, I can accurately say that many young people see life through the lens of a camera rather than their own eyes; searching for colors or patterns to match their aesthetics and themes rather than being open and observing all that life has to offer.

To counter all the open artificiality in social media, the obviously over-edited and photoshopped-to-perfection, a wave of "realness" seems to have hit. Under-edited and in your face, these photos don't exactly combat all the filtered plastic, but they are a step in the right direction. Real or otherwise, the underlining question when using any social media should be why. Nowadays we forget social media's purpose (however shallow it may be) and post simply to post. Everyday objects suddenly get hundreds of likes for being caught in the right light. While I do believe in special moments, and finding something special in the everyday moments, I don't believe they should be defined by a post to social media. I often think that everyone would feel and live a bit more if social media was extinct, but then how would people know just how much fun/pain/thinking/love you're feeling?

They wouldn't. But you would and that's all that matters.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for an aesthetically pleasing and well-planned feed; above anything else, it all just makes me wonder what makes us as people attracted to a certain uniformity in style, and also how to develop an eye for such curation. What makes someone look at a grocery store aisle of detergent and see such aesthetic?


  1. Another brilliant and well written post Sophia! I never tire of reading your opinion pieces. x