At the very mention of ‘social media’, the neurons in my brain start firing in a hundred different directions! And if you ask me what I think about social media, I’ll tell you that it is a fantastic tool to build community, share creative pursuits, meet other like-minded women and cheer each other on. But with the wonderful world of social media comes a whole bunch of challenges.
The truth is that young women and teenagers are constantly bombarded with an alternative reality. They may be alone, sitting in their room, mindlessly scrolling through image after image – pictures of fitness models, yummy food, breathtaking images of travels to the far corners of the earth. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with these pictures – they can be beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and creative!
And then there are models in sexy lingerie and celebrities wearing next to nothing. And they receive affirmation in the form of likes and comments – ‘you’re so hot’, ‘#goals’, ‘I wish I looked like that’.
The example that these ‘influencers’ set filters down and it shapes culture! We’re seeing so many young women and teenagers following the examples set by these influencers, posting revealing pictures and sharing intimate details of their lives. And if they’re not over sharing, they’re comparing themselves over and over and over again. If we’re honest with ourselves, none of us are immune to this ‘influencer’ culture. If you haven’t actually posted a ‘sexy’ pic of yourself, then I’m sure you’ve scrolled, compared yourself and felt like you’ve fallen short – I know I’ve felt that way before.
You see, we’re seeing so many young women fall into this trap of believing that the pictures they post determine their worth, and that if they don’t look like ‘that girl’ then they’re simply not good enough – they’d better try harder: fix their makeup, lose weight, change the way they dress – the list goes on all the while their own concept of their value crumbles.
From observing this behaviour play out on my iPhone screen, I thought if I can meet girls where they’re at – on social media – with a positive, life-giving message, then I can play a part in influencing the way they think about themselves. So I started my blog, She is Light – it’s a movement of women who know their worth.
The message is simple: No matter what your occupation, relationship status, beliefs, qualifications, Instagram follower count, body shape, hair colour, hobbies, habits, struggles, interests, (you name it) – you’re valued.
The content is authentic, the women are real, and so are their stories. My hope is that She is Light will be a space where women, like you and I, can be inspired and then inspire others – be light in a world filled with so much darkness.
Elise is the founder of She is Light – a global movement of women who know their worth. When she’s not pouring her heart into everything She is Light, you can find her churning out content for the PR firm she works at full time, spending time with her hilarious, sweet & handsome husband, sipping cups of peppermint tea, or hanging around the closest dog park (longing for a long-haired mini dachshund to call her own!).
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