What happened the other night sort of blew my mind, and it sort of didn’t. Lately I’ve been feeling extra millennial, and I wanted to know if and how celebs feel millennial in ways we do. I assumed most of them would’t. I mean, right? Average millennials are usually anxious and/or confused about their lives and identities, and if they’re not struggling either financially or romantically (if not at the same time), do they even have a pulse? But with fame and successful careers, it seems like millennial celebs have it all figured out. So when meeting Victoria Justice and Destry Allyn, both twenty-somethings, I gave them the floor to express any millennial-ish emotions they were feeling.
In forgetting the cameras and flashing lights for just a few minutes, their walls came down and they came to life.
They united us in a way that wasn’t only moving and freeing for me, but completely effing necessary.
Both women vented about the pressures of social media and everyone (particularly females) feeling like they basically have to look like a Kardashian to be liked. The Kardashians are beautiful in their own way, but hasn’t it just gone too far? Unbeknownst to Victoria and Destry at the time, not only are these burdening feelings exactly why I started #WeAreMore, but that they’d both express the same exact thing bothering them. It’s like it’s weighing on all of our minds, but what’s being done about it?
The power in their expression is something I could’ve never been able to plan, nor would I have wanted to. Little did I know, being of celebrity status doesn’t make one above or immune to the toxic cycle of fake bodies, contoured faces, and the likes and hearts those superficial, empty things rack in every single damn day on social media. It’s disturbing, it’s unhealthy, it’s not real life. It’s denying us of expressing our natural beauty, our minds, our worth. And if beautiful, famous actresses and models feel this way, there’s a problem. We’re losing our authentic glory to succumb to this madness, and it’s not OK.
Enough is enough.
Victoria, Destry, I cannot be the only ones feeling this way. So break the cycle and walk the walk. Unfollow people who make you question your self worth, put your phone down for a whole day, go without makeup and weaves. Because when you look back on your life, what do you really want to show for it? Filtered photos and lip liner? You’re stronger and better than that and you deserve to know it.