PHOTOGRAPHER: SARA LEHTOMAA
MODEL: ELLA KILPIÄ
Pressure on teenagers with personal appearance, especially among girls, is a real thing and a very unfortunate one. It is natural for us human beings to look at others in order to learn things and develop. And when there is hype pretty much everywhere around us to buy designer clothes or get the latest makeup which will supposedly make us look like movie stars, that's what makes girls at a young vulnerable age think they need all of that in order to be a better person. Barbies are the good old example of these things that might cause pressure. Blue-eyed, blond-haired, skinny, tanned dolls with long legs and short skirts have the "ideal" look. And when girls grow up exposed to all of these ideas of how they're supposed to be that's when it gets all fucked up. Trying to become a better person is great but concentrating on appearance is the wrong way to do it. Getting a new dress won't change you anyhow. And then there's eating disorders, which is a whole other matter. I'm not saying that appearance means nothing because it is a fact that it in many cases directly affects, for example in getting employed. I think this shallow society of ours makes people even more self-centered and nonchalant of things that are actually important. It makes people plain stupid. The fact that the only thing on your mind is looking good is sad. What we should do instead is find out what we are interested in and developing in that area. Taking care of your appearance is okay as long as it's not the whole content of your life.
P.S. Editing this photo took me ridiculously long and my eyes are throbbing with pain after spending many hours in front of the computer. As much as I love editing photos I hate the consequences.