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This Video Will Inspire You And Show You How Models Think Of Themselves

This Video Will Inspire You And Show You How Models Think Of Themselves

Have you ever felt a wave of empathy during that scene in “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” where Bridget attempts unsuccessfully to give herself a home leg-waxing before her date with Daniel cleaver? How about the moment in “The Edge of Reason” when she declares to Mark Darcy, “I will always be just a little bit fat”?

Many of us can probably relate to this microscopic scrutiny of our own bodies: standing in front of the mirror, willing our reflections to show us smaller waists, bigger breasts, or shinier hair; and the short film “Models are perfect. Or are they?” by D.EFECT takes an honest look at the reality of the unattainable ideal of physical perfection – even for the models who supposedly embody that ideal.

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The video features a series of female models in various stages of dress, from the opening shot of the first model in a loose-fitting summer nightgown with tousled hair and a make-up free face to the heavily-made up girl in cocktail dress and high-heels. Everything from the intentionally oversized dresses to the hideously ugly slippers works to detract from, rather than to enhance the models’ figures. Each shot is captioned with bold, self-scrutinizing statements like “This obsession with perfect looks will make you feel hopelessly insecure and miserable.”

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Each girl then confesses to the camera what she most dislikes about her body: one girl hates her shoulders, another her big feet, and one wishes her waist were smaller. As the models talk about their insecurity with their bodies, the camera zooms in on the feature mentioned, drawing the eye to one’s crooked teeth and the wrinkle’s in another’s smile.

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On the one hand, the video tells a troubling (though hardly surprising) truth about the impossibility of the perfect body; on the other, it challenges us to embrace our imperfections. Zooming in on each model’s “hated” feature shows us the danger of obsessing over one part to the exclusion of the whole, objectifying and fragmenting our self-image until we lose sight of who we are. The fact that each girl shares a different imperfection reminds us that there’s no such thing as the perfect body and that there’s a certain natural beauty in the uniqueness of the molds in which each of us is cast.

I’ve always hated the fact that my shoulders poke out of a strapless dress like a pair of bony boulders, but the truth is, my shoulders aren’t the sum total of who I am, and nobody is ultimately going to judge me based on whether or not I can rock a tube top. If you’re in need of a reminder to love yourself just as you are, watching this video will teach you to view yourself in a much more flattering light.

Featured photo credit: Models are Perfect by D.EFECT via youtube.com

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Last Updated on March 5, 2021

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

Research Background

Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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“I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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It stimulates your memory

When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

It helps stay focused

When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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It helps you clarify your thoughts

Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

“It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

Featured photo credit: Girl Using Laptop In Hotel Room/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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