FROM THE EDITOR: THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN BEING REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING.
Today I learned that Kylie Jenner as 91.8 million followers. 91.8 MILLION.
Naturally, I went to her profile to see what-in-tarnation could inspire an entire country's worth of people to follow a single person. What I found was nothing new: Kylie had posted a number of selfies, all in the same outfit, all just different angles of her face. What blew my mind (enough to write this piece) was how many likes each photo got. I am talking hundreds of thousands of likes all on a different variation of the same photo.
Now I am not a Kylie Jenner hater. I understand she is a business woman, has her makeup line that is incredibly successful, and makes more money on a selfie than I probably will in my entire life. Real respects real here okay? What makes me go a little bananas is the fact that these types of posts are infiltrating every aspect of life, beyond the celebrity sphere. I can't go on the internet without seeing some hot girl trying to sell me fitness tea or squatting in the "must have" leggings of the week. Even my friends, who are completely ordinary, are trying to live an "Instagram life." They feel pressure to post sexy photos, god forbid unedited, and project a life that, to be honest, they aren't even living. Hell, I even feel that pressure too. Again, this isn't Kylie Jenner's fault; she is young and this is the social media generation.
But I want to flip the script.
Imagine a world where women receive hundreds of thousands of likes for how smart they are. Imagine if women got the same recognition for their kindness, honesty, and work ethic as they did for how fire they look in a swimsuit. Imagine if life was more than just being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
I get asked quite often why I made this site just for female writers. The answer is that I wanted to inspire young women to truly care about things besides themselves. I wanted to encourage girls to get involved, speak their mind, and stand up for their beliefs. I wanted to hightlight and bring praise to women who are making a difference. That is why this site exists, and I really hope I achieve my goal.
Now to those out there who feel like maybe, just maybe, you have fallen into the social-media-selfie-fitness-tea-death-spiral, just know, you have the power more than anyone to make a difference. I call you to action and say, use your influence. Please, use that following you have worked so hard to get. I implore you, find a charity or cause you really care about and tell your 100k+ followers about it. Read an awesome book and promote it for free. Talk about something that you want to change in the world. Engage in the conversation. Please, do not waste this life just reveling in how hot you are, because looks fade and every trend goes away.
Listen, if you take anything away from this post it's this: the size of your heart matters more than the size of your butt.