STUDENT VOICES: Individual beauty comes from showing the world your real you


By Toshani Somwaru
For The Daily Gazette

To some, beauty means girls and boys straight out of a magazine.

But to others, beauty means being different.

What we really need to be looking at is reality. What does beauty look like in reality?

The truth is beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and cultures. I have so many friends who are always saying that they think they look ugly and that’s the reason they never post pictures, or, they are constantly self conscious because they feel that they don’t look like what beauty should look like.

I related to them and had the same thoughts at some point during high school but I realized that everyone is different and that it’s a good thing to be different.

Yet society’s standard is one standard that young teens and young women all over the world are passionate about changing, with the help of young inspirational women working and fighting to break these standards.

Take Nabela Noor, a popular YouTube influencer, also known for promoting positivity for plus sized people. She even went as far as making an entire clothing line just for plus-sized people to encourage “self love and body celebration” because she believes that beauty doesn’t come in just one form.

On the cover of Glamour magazine, she said: “I have challenged the dated standards, just by being myself.” Or how about Winnie Harlow? She is a 27-year-old fashion model, spokesperson and activist.

She has a skin condition called Vitiligo which causes the skin to have depigmentation, but that did not stop her from winning on the hit television show America’s Next Top Model, or from landing on the cover of

Vogue magazine and proving that models don’t have to look a certain way to be on the cover of a magazine.

One of Harlow’s most famous quotes was “I have my flaws, but I embrace them and I love them because they’re mine.”

Lastly, Ashley Graham, who is known as the first plus-sized model to appear on the cover of Vogue in 2017.

She shatters beauty standards by inspiring others to be themselves and to not be ashamed of your body.

“There is not one standard definition of beauty or one perfect size” is one of her most famous quotes. That one surely inspired me.

In reality beauty is more than looks; it’s about being your true self and showing the world that beauty standards can be broken and you don’t have to fit in or look a certain way to be beautiful.

To all the people out there who are feeling insecure and don’t think they are beautiful, remember that being you is your best quality and that is what really makes a person beautiful, remember to also embrace your differences because that is what makes you truly unique.

Toshani Somwaru is a sophomore at Schenectady High School who has a passion for writing and speaking out. She loves the performing arts and debate. Toshani would like to pursue a career in criminal justice and law, not only to understand but to become an advocate and to help make the world a safer place.


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