Kenzie Brenna, a.k.a omgkenzieee on Instagram, is all about self-love and body positivity. But she recently digitally altered a few of her images as a way to showcase how branding expectations help shape our reality.
“Media literacy is the ability to analyze and evaluate media. We make our bodies in the media here to: be thinner, be smoother, be whiter, be younger, have gaps where needed, have curves where needed. ANNNNND basically anything you aren’t, they remodel,” Brenna captioned next to the side-by-side comparison photo — the left side unedited, the right side flawlessly digitally altered.
The blonde, who hails from Toronto, says that 80 per cent of women believe that the images of women in the media makes them feel insecure.
“Seven in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships,” Brenna added. “In 2013 the American Medical Association created a policy that really didn’t go anywhere, stating that the effects of digitally altering images to impressionable youth were so harmful they cause HEALTH PROBLEMS.”
The actress/YouTuber suggests that if we’re concerned about our health we should address the fact that the media creates a recipe for poor body image.
“Poor body image literally leads to: self harm, eating disorders, poor academic performance, low self esteem, low goal setting,” Brenna noted. “There needs a policy to be passed that puts disclaimers on digitally altered images so young girls don’t grow up believe this THIS is real.”
“You want people to eat whole foods? How about WHOLE BODIES? You want people to consume less processed junk food? HOW ABOUT LESS PROCESSED BODIES?‼️ THIS IS JUNK FOR THE MIND‼️”
The key, suggests Brenna, is to consume healthy unedited images of bodies and faces as they lead to better mental wellness and better body image — this can effectually alleviate stress, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
One day she’d like a policy passed where disclaimers are put onto images to help younger minds know what’s real and what’s not.
“I used to collage images of bodies I found in magazines, since I was 10 years old. Do you think I knew they weren’t real? No. I just knew I wanted to look like that,” she concluded.
As expected, the post received thousands of likes and supportive comments from the body positive community:
“Yes girl! And all those poor body images lead to something far scarier which is suicidal tendencies. Kids have a hard enough time as it is figuring out who they are as they develop so quickly. In such a short amount of time. They need sooooo much more tender gentle loving care/education!”
“This is beyond amazing and definitely what I needed to read when I can count myself as someone who compares themselves immensely to others and media images increasingly. So much love for your work thank you”
“I absolutely love this and the message behind this!!! So powerful!! Thank you for sharing this!! It is so true, and sad because I and so many others I know are one of those statistics!”