Social perceptions of beauty are constantly changing, but most people still consider models and movie stars, with their realistically unattainable appearances, to be the ultimate when it comes to beauty. However, certain women have been able to have a deep impact on others, using their unconventionally beautiful appearances to inspire others to embrace their own similar physical aspects that they may otherwise have tried to hide. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the amazing women who have been able to make a change when it comes to social perceptions of beauty.
While you may not recognize her name, you are much more likely to recognize Chantelle’s face instantly. At the early age of 4, Chantelle was diagnosed with vitiligo, a skin condition that causes patches of skin all over the body to lose their pigmentation – the same condition that Michael Jackson suffered from when his skin turned white. Chantelle faced years of bullying and being treated like an outcast, until she was discovered by Tyra Banks and made it to the last rounds of modelling reality show, America’s Next Top Model. Now, Chantelle has plenty of experience and positive exposure behind her, from starring in an Eminem music video to modelling for Glamour magazine to walking the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Photos from Chantelle’s social media accounts show off her multi-colored skin, highlighting that it is this rare beauty that has enabled Chantelle to stand out from the others, and inspiring others with the same condition to embrace their skin rather than be ashamed of it.
Jacalyn O’Shaugnessy is a woman who has had a variety of careers over the years, from delivery girl to a successful actress, appearing in everything from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to Night Court. However, around the time when she turned 60, she left LA and moved to New York. At the age of 62, she was discovered by American Apparel, and broke some major stereotypes when she modelled lingerie for this huge international brand. The response to the adverts were incredible, encouraging women all over the world to not let their age hold them back from doing what they wanted to do. While lingerie models conventionally all have a similar look, Jacalyn shows us all that beauty and confidence does not fade with age.
Before celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce began making a name for themselves, beauty ideals were focussed on being a size zero and having light skin – something that is completely unrealistic for the majority of women out there. With their ethnic backgrounds and beautiful curves, these celebrities started to shift the way in which many women looked at themselves. Curves became much more sought after, as did a more bronzed skin tone, and this is something that currently shows no signs of slowing down.
Although social perceptions of beauty are constantly being challenged, there is still a long way to go before ‘beautiful’ becomes realistic. Beauty really is very subjective, and in order to be at your most beautiful, take OROGOLD’s advice and just always remain true to yourself and your values – your confidence is true beauty that cannot be bought.