Social media can often present a skewed version of reality, especially when it comes to beauty standards. But Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is setting out to change that, one social media post at a time.
According to The Huffington Post, Rodriguez told Women’s Health magazine that while it seems like women “consciously decide we’re going to be mean to ourselves,” she decided to use her place on social media to break down false images of perfection and shed light on the beauty of flaws.
“I’m trying to use my social media as a way to communicate that I’m flawed and that I’m okay with it,” she told the magazine. “It’s a very strange feeling to be okay with a little cellulite or a little extra anything. I don’t look at it and feel terrified anymore, and my confidence changed because of that. I carry myself differently.”
While Rodriguez has been known to promote body positivity, she revealed to Yahoo‘s Joe Zee that it’s been hard for her not to succumb to the pressure of being a certain size or looking a certain way.
“Of course I’ve fallen into the pressure,” she told Zee. “Of course I’ve fallen into the culture.”
But, Rodriguez said that beauty is independent of size. “You go to television and film, and, it does add 10 pounds, and I don’t look like a skinny mini, and the truth is that’s OK, too, and that is beautiful also.”
Perhaps Rodriguez’s best advice in dealing with inaccurate portrayals of beauty on social media: “You’re your own hero, not some image you can’t live up to.”