We live in a world where we equate a "like" to beauty.
I've been there. I know first hand how it is to get caught up in the world of social media and let all the "likes" and comments get to your heat. I question if I would still feel as confident if it wasn't for Instagram, Snapchat and the like. The idea that validation comes before self worth and self dignity is actually pretty frightening.
To call yourself beautiful because of what people behind a screen say instead of calling yourself beautiful because of what you see when you look in the mirror isn't too uncommon these days. You have your Instagram models who bask over the idea of getting their 1k plus likes on their selfies per day. The sad thing is half of these people are complete strangers. Social media continues to reign supreme and if we continue to base our beauty off of how many likes we receive per day, we aren't really helping the problem.
Take Lilan's story for example [see video above], which was created as an ad for The Pornkasem Skin Clinic. She is a young Thai woman, who happens to be what you would call -- "Instagram famous". On a daily basis she receives large number of likes, comments and followers. She's living the social media dream, or is she? What her followers don't know is that she retouches ever single selfie she posts to her feed. She lives off of the validation of others, but can't seem to love what she sees when she looks in the mirror. That is, until she meets a guy who reaches out to her and the rest is history. He sees her flaws as beautiful because just like her -- he was also once flawed.
I will admit that the ad happens to be a bit lengthy, but it is definitely worth watching. It has the ability to teach all of us a lesson, whether we are into social media or not. Learn to love yourself. Social media can't do it for you.