Tiktok is one of the most popular social media apps for a reason. The videos are hilarious, and there is a space for each age group. On the other hand, the illusion of the perfect body can be pushed by Tiktok creators and the app itself.
With Instagram models, BBL’s, and gym culture being pushed constantly on social media, it can be hard for a young girls to not feel insecure. Half of the time, popular “Instagram models” with a small waist, big bust, and thick thighs undergo procedures to look the way they do. Now there is nothing wrong this at all, but let’s say that these women lie about their procedures. It has been exposed that many popular figures, that young girls look up to, have lied about plastic surgery. It is popular for people to assume if one has plastic surgery, but instead of avoiding the question, many of these popular figures choose to lie.
Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid have spread false beauty standards while stating that they never underwent the knife. Even though these two ladies have later admitted the truth, the damage was already done with some of their fans. Important to note, maybe Hadid and Jenner were raised about beauty being a priority. Maybe these two beautiful women never felt beautiful because of their insecurities. Instead of being told to love themselves in their natural state, plastic surgery was their only option.
You can watch various videos on Tiktok that it honesty has become a mini YouTube. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, technology, and investing videos are just some of the many you can watch. When it comes to Tiktok, many people suspected that the app pushed certain videos on the For You Page. For example, a creator puts up a video about a trending news topic. Let’s say Tiktok will take this down for negativity, but Tiktok will let a girl dancing in a bikini being pushed to millions of people. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but this has happened to me in the past.
Second, many creators on Tiktok are editing their bodies to be perceived a certain way. I have seen many female creators edit their body to have a smaller waist and bigger thighs. Not only does this lead to spreading false beauty standards, young girls would see videos like this yearning for a different body. This results in negative body image perception, and it may lead to starvation. On the other hand, these young girls will never know that these creators are editing their bodies to be perceived in a positive light to be pushed by Tiktok. A simple edit for a smaller waist can lead to young viewers harming themselves.
You mighty think to yourself, why should young girls use social media if they are insecure? This is a valid question when it comes to this topic. In my personal opinion, I believe that one should not display their insecurities on to another creator. For example, if a creator records herself with a naturally slim body, this does not mean that this specific person needs backlash. On the other hand, what if this creator “video-shopped” her waist to look like Yasmeen Ghauri. No one who has amazing genetic features should never get backlash for being beautiful, but it is a problem when these features are false.
I am not sure if false beauty standards can completely come to an end. I will say that a young girl loving herself is key. Not comparing themselves to their favorite public figure will not only improve their mental health, it will result in our future leaders being authentic. Even if this means getting plastic surgery to feel beautiful, a young girl should always live in her truth.