#DontJudgeChallenge

The #DontJudgeChallenge, which was a trend on Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Facebook infact all the social networks the world over.

Here’s how it works:

Teens make themselves “unattractive” and then show what they “beautifully” look like in real life.

In countless videos, “unattractive” means wearing glasses and weird hairstyles or using makeup to create thick eyebrows, uni-brows, acne and bad teeth.

The trend is supposed to criticize body shaming, but some are criticizing the challenge itself, saying it only reinforces beauty stereotypes. And you know what, they are right! 100%!

Beauty is the most over-rated virtue for us humans!

To be frank, I have seen (and heard about) marriages break up, relationships not working out, lots of bullying and harassing, just because someone is not good looking.

The other day I asked my girlfriend if there was something about her she hated. While I was expecting maybe a character or something less physical, her response simply was her “Body”…. She went further to tell me how she had (is still) consider-(ed)-ing surgery.

*sigh*.

Outer beauty can be modified with herbal products or cosmetics or surgery, but to what extent?

Nobody wants to be branded as racist; but they’ll mind if their to-be-son-in-law is not tall enough or daughter-in-law has a protruding jaw line. Worst of all, not many people accept handicapped people in the society.

I have seen talented people never able to come out of the closet because they think they’re not good enough to showcase themselves, or because they think they won’t look good in the spot-light.

It’s hard to be the one left out to be asked for a home-coming dance or ignored in a group of people partying!
In my opinion, it’s just the matter of a few years and a game of certain hormones that we don’t “like” ourselves.

But once we learn to love ourselves just the way we are it’s a beautiful thing in itself! We don’t need to please someone else to be happy.

Yes indeed I use all these beauty products myself, I apply a body lotion so that my skin is not dry, I use a hair-oil, shampoo and conditioner because I don’t want dirt or lice nesting in my hair!

I do all this FOR ME, my personal gain, NOT to show someone that I have a closet full of branded cosmetics and I CAN very well afford them.

One day we all have to grow old, one day we all will have a receding hair line, one day we all will have a wrinkled face. What matters is how we deal with it.

Nothing can give us that joy – just smiling at ourselves looking in the mirror – knowing that we’re happy!

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