Celebrities’ motivation toward self-love


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By Brenna Campanaro, Arts and Culture Editor

Teenagers’ bodies are still maturing from a child to an adult, and they enter this awkward stage where they ask themselves, “Is this what I am going to look like for the rest of my life?” Most teenagers convince themselves that something is wrong with the way they look. In a study done by DoSomething, they concluded that 15% of boys and 44% of girls are in the process of trying to lose weight. However, many celebrities are now here to prove them wrong.

Celebrities have great access to spreading their opinions and beliefs because of their statuses on social media. With providing positivity and self-love, many celebrities take on the role of becoming motivational speakers in a way. Demi Lovato, Lena Dunham and Kristen Bell are just a few who use their social media empire to advocate body positivity for their fans.

In a TED Talk, British model Iskra Lawrence champions the idea of internal beauty and not just physical beauty. “Let’s start to embrace and accept the bodies we have for so much more than just what they look like and redefine the beauty ideal,” she said. “Imagine celebrating beauty on the inside, someone’s accomplishments, personality, morals and values. To me, that is beautiful.”

Teens always want to look their best and feel confident, but that’s not always the case. The way they mature is primarily based on genetics, the rest include environmental factors. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), has discovered the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR), in which has psychological developments that affect one’s self-esteem and their levels of optimism.

Factors such as diets and physical activity affects oneself on a daily basis. Having a nutritious diet along with exercising boosts the happy hormone, serotonin, as well as self-confidence.Teens’ bodies mature how they are supposed to mature. With being a teenager, most want to change how this maturity occurs. One might hate the way they look because they are “too fat” or “too muscular”, but that’s the way they were born.

“I feel like in today’s society, everything is about how you look,” senior Ali Gann said. “That’s all teenagers talk about because they are so worried about what other people are going to say about them.”

Celebrities pose as role models for so many teens, not only for their talent, but for their looks as well. In this society, teens try to follow in their footsteps by dressing the same way or trying to look like celebrities. Lets face it, social media is full of touch-ups and photoshop. That may be true, however celebrities are still using social media as an influencing outlet for those in need of hearing positivity.

“I love my shape because it’s mine,” model, fashion designer, singer, producer, author and actress, Heidi Klum said. “At the end of the day, it’s not what anyone else thinks about my body but how I feel about myself. I’m working it and owning it!”

Not only are celebrities preaching about self-love, but they are preaching about how important it is to stay healthy and fit within your body. Many celebrities are open about their diets and workout plans and recommend creating one that fits your body and how it works. Because of how popular celebrities are, some people may tend to disagree with the reasonings towards why they are spreading their ideas.

“I love to stay fit and healthy,” junior Melissa Hulley said. “However, I think they preach self-love to make their own image look better.”

Celebrities have an outlet that not only allows them to talk about themselves, but they have the ability to reach people and inspire them to become the best version of themselves. Fortunately, many celebrities use social media to motivate their audiences, share their ideas on health and emphasize how important self-love is in everyone’s life.