I am sure that many of you have seen the ‘Dove Evolution’ video. A lady walks into a studio for a photo shoot. This lady is very attractive, but average looking as well. As we watch, the video speeds up the process for us to be able to see what they do to get her looking “camera ready”. They curl every inch of her hair, put on several coats of makeup and have the fan blowing for the “windblown” effect. After they take her pictures, they still are not satisfied. They download her pictures to the computer for editing. This editing is not just to fix a few blemishes or change the color of the picture. This editing process consists of lengthening the girls neck, making her eyes double the original size, making her cheek bones higher, making her cheeks skinnier until the picture that they end up putting on a billboard on the street does not even look a thing like the original lady we saw walking into the studio. At the end of the video they say “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted”.
Sadly, this video is showing us exactly how our worldly media has destroyed the women’s view of self-image. The media world is obsessed with and is only accepting of one certain type of women: the no-flaws, perfect, beauty queens! Are there such women alive? No! But the media will turn, at all costs, women into these fake, none-realistic people. The media has done a good job at making girls feel outcast and unimportant if they do not measure up to their standards of beauty. Girls want to feel special and wanted in today’s society so badly, that they will do almost anything to be “beautiful” in the world’s eyes. They need to remember what God’s view of beauty is. Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
In Ecclesiastes 3:5, as Solomon is telling us that there is a season for everything, he says there is…“A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones”. In his time, they would clear stones from certain areas where they wanted to landscape and then they would gather stones to use to build homes and buildings, etc. How does this relate to us and our self-image? Use your imagination with me for a moment! The people in the first century new that there was a job that needed to be done. They knew that every single stone was special and made for their use. They needed small stones, big stones, flat stones, bumpy stones, black, grey, brown and white stones. If they wanted their buildings to stand strong, they had to use every stone they could. It did not matter to them how pretty the stone was, every stone played a special part in the construction of their buildings.
God views every single individual on this planet that we live on as special to Him. God made us in His image. Girls need to tune out the world’s view of beauty, because it is unrealistic and fake and remember that inner-beauty is all that matters to God! Girls need to view themselves and their peers as precious stones in God’s Kingdom. No matter the shape, size or color, all girls play a special role in this world. The media’s standard for beauty is not God’s and should not be ours.