Photo by Thomas Toth Photography

Photo by Thomas Toth Photography

Teenagers have a lot of easy access to other outside of their own life where social media can allow them to see Instagram models, professional models, and influencers or YouTubers who sometimes don’t have a positive effect on teens. Stereotypes can be passive aggressive or sometimes degrading and can be taken in more personally than it should be. They can take an image and make everyone think they have to relate to it. So how easy are teenagers convinced or influenced by the things they read online? The so-called “phone addiction” can come into play with having the fear of missing out on the notifications and news reports. Our youth relies on social media to bring ideas and stay up to date with what's going on in the world and the internet allows it and becomes a convincing reliable source to believe everything they see. The many “Instagram models” and YouTubers that teenagers see everyday can put ideas into their heads. People on social media all around the world have the biggest influence on teenagers with just a push of a ‘Post’ button. It makes teenagers believe they can’t be themselves, or have the body they do. A recent trend or not a trend is becoming a model for local photographers in the community. Some things teenagers don't realize is how the model world can really affect them long-term. “They want you to have energy and be lively especially as a runway model and have a straight face, but have this kind of large demanding presence, but when you are going through eating disorders and you are being negatively impacted by the industry or the constraints of the industry all those other things that they want from you as far as emotional stability, kind of depletes so it's hard to have both.” said Michelle Marie King, former Miss Colorado and current owner of Positive Presence. The model “look” changes all around the world, but always stays with the single baseline of being tall and skinny. When something happens in Poland, where they are more open to having all types of models involving height, size, and look, but the US takes the idea and mutates it into something that can make them feel like being different isn't the best option. It becomes bigger and more determined to be the most important idea of the new “model look.” Of course, there are positive influences to young models like King’s Positive Presence. “When I had my daughter and she was one years old I looked in the mirror and I was adulting. I remember thinking about all the negative stuff that went through and trying to come up with a way that my daughter would avoid it not only as a model if she chooses to be, but also as a young woman in our society.” said King

Story by Aubrey Bowlus and Hailey Toth





 

 

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