Today, let's dive into a topic that hits close to home for many of us—Toxic Filipino beauty standards. We'll delve into the not-so-harmless comments we receive from family members, the prevalence of whitening products in the market, and the enduring impact of colonial mentality in the beauty industry.
Tita's Weight Comments: The Battle for Self-Acceptance
Picture this: You're at a family gathering, and your tita casually drops a comment about your weight. It's a frustrating and disheartening experience, isn't it? The struggle for self-acceptance in the face of these remarks is something that resonates with many of us.
I can vividly recall numerous instances where relatives would casually comment on my weight, as if it were an inconsequential topic. With seemingly well-intentioned concern, they would say things like, "Oh, you've gained a few pounds." It always struck me how nonchalantly they approached the subject, as if those few words held no weight in determining my value as a person.
It took me years to realize that those comments shouldn't define how I feel about myself. Beauty is not confined to one specific body shape or size. It comes in a multitude of forms, each unique and deserving of celebration. Learning to ignore those toxic whispers and embrace self-acceptance has been a journey, but one worth taking.
Whitening Products: The Endless Pursuit of Fairness
Now, let's talk about the countless whitening creams, lotions, and soaps that bombard us whenever we step into a beauty store. It's like fair skin has become the holy grail of beauty in our society. But here's the truth: Our worth and beauty are not defined by the color of our skin. In a society obsessed with fair skin, it's crucial to recognize and celebrate the beauty in all skin types. That's why it's vital to support companies that promote inclusivity and embrace the diverse beauty that exists within our world. When we support brands and products that prioritize inclusivity, we send a powerful message to the beauty industry. We demand representation and celebrate the beauty in every shade, texture, and form. Together, we can inspire a change that appreciates and uplifts all beauty types, fostering a society that values and cherishes diversity.
Here’s a couple companies that do just that.
The Lingering Shadow of Colonial Mentality
Ah, colonial mentality—the lasting impact of centuries of colonization on our mindset. We've been conditioned to believe that Western features and fair skin equate to success and beauty. But it's time to challenge that narrow definition. We are a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions, and it is time to celebrate the unique features that make us who we are. It is through this celebration of our uniqueness that we can challenge and dismantle the remnants of colonial mentality, paving the way for a society that appreciates beauty in all its forms.
Embracing Diversity: Our Journey Towards Change
Friends, let's take a moment to reflect on the power of diversity. We are a nation of countless cultures, languages, and traditions. It's time to uplift one another and challenge the notion that beauty is one-size-fits-all. Our beauty lies in our individuality and the stories we carry. Let's celebrate the richness of our morena skin, our curves, and our traditional features that speak of resilience and strength. Together, we can redefine beauty on our own terms.