• Madisyn Yanesa

THE TOXIC MIRROR

I once was a little girl that had all the confidence in the world.

I did not care about my looks nor my outward appearance.

All I cared about was my happiness.

Now, when I look at myself in the mirror, all I can see is a disappointment to society.

My stretch marks.

My fat.

My scars.

When I look in the mirror, I can only see how social media views me as an unattractive

individual.

Due to all of these impossible beauty standards, I am stripped of my uniqueness, and

forced to fit in.

Otherwise, I will be shamed until I can no longer view myself perfect the way I am.

“Go on a diet”.

“Eat a salad”.

“You would look so much prettier if you lost a few pounds”.

Every day, I see these hurtful comments on social media.

While my feed is filled with models being praised for their skinny physique.

Our population has influenced others that you cannot be happy with yourself unless you

make changes to fit in.

When I look in the mirror, I am sometimes ashamed of who I’ve become due to trying to fit

in.

Piece by piece, I am losing myself.

My happiness.

My confidence.

My uniqueness...

Is all fading away.

This is the toxic mirror I face every day.

All I care about now is being “beautiful” to society and what others have to say.