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Why We Should Celebrate Instagram Banning Filters that Mimic Plastic Surgery

Beauty
November 8, 2019 23:41

In this day and age, non-invasive surgical procedures are all the rage. Everyone wants bigger lips, squinted eyes, and basically to look like a member of the Kardashian Klan. While not everyone has the financial means to change the way they look, there is an easier option now.

Scrolling through Instagram you’ll see pictures and videos of people enlarging their facial features to extremes. The only difference is, that they haven’t actually gone under the knife, but actually just used a filter to modify their looks. 

Over the summer update to the app allowed people to create their own filters to share with the platform. Ever since, there has been an exponential rise in the usage of filters that can modify your face. More and more users are using these filters to make their lips bigger, and their eyes smaller. Some of the filters would actually be really cute, if they didn't make you lips twice the size. A lot of them have extremely cool elements, such as making your face look all chromatic and shiny, or making AR butterflies fly around you head, but I don't understand why so many makers of these filters feel the need to change the natural face shape of a person into something else. The problem with this is that seeing an image of your face, completely modified, can make you wish that you didn't look the way you actually did. It makes users wish they looked like that all the time, in turn even making them want to get surgical procedures to look more like them. Face-changing filters can make people feel a lot worse about the way they look when they’re not hiding behind a filter. I’ve had countless friends and people I follow on Instagram post pictures with the holy maria filter saying that they wished they looked like this. 

The filters can give you a twisted beauty ideal and harm your self-image. Especially younger users who are more susceptible to these things are affected by them. Social media is harmful enough as it is. We don’t need to make it worse by hiding behind masks of what we really wish we looked like.

A recent psychological study found a direct link between social media usage and the desire to increases the desire for cosmetic surgery among young women. 118 women from the ages 18-29 were asked about their social media usage and their satisfaction with their appearance and desire to undergo cosmetic surgery. The results showed that users who were viewing more images of females that had had surgical enhancements done were less satisfied with their looks and more likely to want cosmetic surgery. If this doesn't say it all, I don't know what does.

What's interesting to me to see about these filters is that they oftentimes tend to mimic features typical to POC. The filters reflect current beauty standards it only takes one scroll on social media, gazing through a magazine or even a glimpse at a reality TV show to know that the “fuller lip look” has swept over the Western world. Inspired by Kylie Jenner or someone of the like, there has been a huge shift in how big lips are perceived. Up until not too long ago bigger lips were seen as less desirable and some POC were even made fun of for having fuller lips. Ah, the irony.

As a half-vietnamese woman, who's been made fun of while laughing because my eyes were squinty it's strange to see that people now embrace this look so heavily. I've learned to love the way I look when I smile and embrace my squinty ass eyes- but that's my face, and those are my features and they are not yours.

Now, thank the lord, Instagram is making a change, saying in a statement that they believe filters that appear to show lip filters, facelifts or other well known cosmetic procedures could be damaging to their users wellbeing. This decision has come after the social media app started to realize that their platform can be damaging to the users mental health. This ban represents a step towards an Instagram that  prioritizes the mental health of its users  and encourage transparency. (Read more about Instagram's changes in light of mental health here)

I hope that the filters that were removed come back without the plastic surgery effects. Filters after all should be fun and uplifting, and not perpetrate this trend of fakeness that can be so harming.








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The employees in the boutiques, in the design studio and in the backstage area at fashion shows wear white lab coats, as was common in the ateliers of the great couturiers, e.g. Christian Dior, and is still common today. The fashion shows for the high-priced fashion sometimes took place in the context of the Paris Prêt-à-porter shows in unconventional locations, up to shabby surroundings (construction site, metro station, dining room of the Salvation Army etc.). The boutiques are kept in plain white and gray. Margiela originally selected unspectacular locations such as a residential area in Tokyo and did not publish the addresses of the boutiques in order to require the customer to make an effort to find the store at all. The first Margiela store opened in Tokyo in 2000 and the first European boutique was inaugurated in Brussels in 2002. In 2008, a boutique opened in a basement on the edge of Munich's Maximilianstrasse. This was followed by participation in numerous exhibitions, including "Radical Fashion", which was shown in 2001 at the V&A Museum in London. In 2010 there were 36 own stores worldwide.  In 2015 there were over 50 stores worldwide, including boutiques, that only carry the MM6 collection.

The company followed a very restrictive communication policy. The designer can neither be photographed nor interviewed. Only his creations should speak for themselves and the designs should be perceived as the overall performance of the team. That's why the team always shows up in white doctor's coats after the fashion shows - nobody should stand out.

By recycling old fashion, separating, recoloring, reversing seams and zippers, both the origin and the artificial of the art of tailoring are shown. Margiela puts together what doesn't belong together: by hand, jeans turn into skirts, old army socks become pullovers. Baptized by the press as deconstructivism, this current is defined by an abrupt collision of different materials, which at first glance appear inharmonic in the sense of conventional viewing habits. Margiela herself rejects the term "deconstructivism". He resurrected clothes in a new form, he told ELLE in 1991.

Margiela was the unofficial 7th member of "Antwerp 6", a generation of fashion designers who all completed their training at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1980-1981 and shaped the "style of the Belgians". However, it does not belong to the actual group, but it became known in a similar period.

The Japanese "Street Magazine" dedicated two special editions to "Maison Martin Margiela", which were published in book form in 1999. Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga) is a big fan of Maison Martin Margiela.

In July 2014, fashion critic Suzy Menkes exposed Matthieu Blazy via Instagram as Head of Design, after which he deleted his Instagram account and changed his profile in a career network. He left the company on October 1, 2014.

To this day, Margiela pieces, especially in the fashion industry and all fashion lovers, belong to the sanctuaries in every repertoire and archive. Getting vintage pieces from other designers may be possible, but Maison Martin Marginal Archives are a real hunt and that says it all about this art.

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