Role Models and the Media

In a world full of Kardashians, be Malala

In a world full of Kardashians, be Malala

Depending on what publications you read you’re probably used to seeing certain ‘celebrities’ splashed across their pages, mainly because of the way they look and not usually based on merit.

If you look on Instagram you can see that Kim Kardashian has 57.5 million followers and that her sister Kylie has 48 million followers – but seriously, why? I don’t want to disrespect them, but I don’t know want they have done with their lives to gain so much fame. This isn’t really their fault though and the media have a lot to answer for. They have covered them so much in the press that girls of today feel they have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful and this is completely wrong.

A friend of mine, who is only 22 years old, said to me the other day that she’s thinking about getting her lips done i.e. plumped up. I was absolutely horrified. She’s a beautiful young woman yet has been led to believe that bigger lips equals more beauty. How is it possible that we’re being forced to believe that beauty is only skin deep? That how you look is one of the main things that matters in life?

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For some reason the press seems to think it is more interesting to report on these celebrities, but is it just me or does this seem insane? There are so many amazing women out there who do extraordinary things for the betterment of society yet you rarely see these beautiful women in the news. I suppose it works two fold in that people who are actually doing something worthwhile don’t feel the need to court tabloid attention but nonetheless I know who I would prefer to read about.

Last year it was reported how Kylie Jenner was given a Ferrari and had a lip augmentation for her 18th birthday, yet at the same age Malala was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize (after surviving a gun shot to the head from the Taliban for being brave enough to report about them) and opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. Now, I know the Kardashians do give a fair bit of money to charity so it is almost mean of me to pick on them like this and I don’t want to pit these women against each other, I just want to make an important point that both are not given equal coverage and maybe if they were, the youth of today would aspire to be a Malala instead of a Kardashian. 

 

 

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