Some of the most controversial trends in the past few years have originated on social media by teens trying to pass the time or get a few laughs out of their peers. Some of the most recent trends include the ALS ice bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge, and one we may still be in the midst of, the Kylie Jenner challenge, in which young girls suck on a bottle until their lips become plump (more like swollen) like Jenner’s. Where many of these trends seem to have good intentions, like raising awareness of certain conditions or for entertainment purposes, human nature usually inflicts its tendency to take things just a little too far.
The newest trend sparking commotion across the Internet is called the #DontJudgeChallenge, and its intentions are seemingly self-explanatory, at least to those participating. Teenagers across the country are uploading videos to social networking websites of themselves with drawn on unibrows, pimples, moles, or glasses to purposefully make themselves look unattractive. In the same video, with a tap of their smart phones, they then reveal their stunning transformations in which they have gone from ugly to beautiful after having gotten all dolled up with makeup.
The challenge is supposed to promote the cliche ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover,’ but there’s several looming issues with the message. It’s ridiculously superficial to begin with considering on both sides of the transformation, nobody is revealing themselves in their natural beauty. Perhaps even more alarming and the main reason this trend is receiving flack, is the fact that the message being sent is that people with the physical traits being mocked, are not beautiful.
Whatever happened to beauty being in the eye of the beholder, or beauty is only skin deep? Must young women have perfectly concealed skin, unnaturally shaded eyebrows, and drawn on pouty lips to be what people consider beautiful? It seems this is the message being advocated to teenagers, and if that’s the case, then what we will have on our hands is teens conforming to the traditional and shallow definition of beauty.
To counteract this trend, many social media users have started a #BeautyInAllChallenge campaign, stressing the importance of inner beauty, despite whatever physical flaws they may possess.
Now, this is a challenge we can definitely get on board with! Let’s see how many people can face the challenge of not being obsessed with superficiality.