So unless you’ve all been sleeping under a rock for the past year or so, you may have realized that there’s an entirely new slew of celebrity “it” girls slaying the scene right now, all under the age of 25. Like most of us, celebrities too often like to experiment with new looks. However, unlike most of us, they have to deal with the public’s reactions and often harsh criticisms about the way they look. I get why the scrutiny is there. These people live their lives in the spotlight and sometimes it can almost feel like a microscope. But why is it that even when going about their day-to-day routines, whether it be doing your hair in a certain way to feel better about yourself, or overlining your lips that day because you like the way it looks, are these young girls expected to answer to the public and what they think is best for them?

We’ve gathered the 4 most annoying instances in which young powerful women in the media have had to defend their looks because, ya know, patriarchy is a bitch.

 1. Ariana Grande

Many fans, followers, photogs and just plain haters have constantly talked about how the starlet should change up her do every once in a while, instead of rocking her signature high pony/voluminous half-up-half-down look, forcing her to post this to Instagram/Facebook to get tell everyone to politely fall back.

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Not only that, but just a few weeks ago, Bette Midler was asked in an interview how she felt about female singers today, and she had some choice words to say about Ariana’s ‘sexy’ image

 “ It’s terrible! It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous […] I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop.”

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Ari again took to social media to make this sly rebuff:

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2. Kylie Jenner

Within the past few months Kylie has been getting a lot of flack for her new look. No longer the shy, demure youngest sister of America’s royal family of pop culture, Kylie has tried to make a name for herself as a fashion, and now beauty, icon by changing up her image (as most girls her age do). However, some have speculated that the teens new look is overvamped, even going as far as to say that she’s had surgical enhancements to achieve it. Kylie kept quiet surrounding the rumors about her new plump pout, but recently in an interview said:

“I think big lips are awesome. I feel like everyone has been talking about [my lips] for months, so I’m kind of sick of it. But I love lip-liner and I lover overlining my lips.”

Short, sweet and to the point. Simple as that. Any more shade you’d like to throw patriarchal media?!

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I know, right?

3. Kendall Jenner

The Jenner/Kardashian clan is not without it’s controversy, especially with older sister Kendall being in the fashion industry which often seeks to push the boundaries, even more especially with new talent. Kendall has often been criticised for her bold choices on and off the runway.

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We couldn’t agree more Kendall.

These were two of the most buzzed about looks Kendall rocked in the past year, which did we mention was a successful one for the young model: scoring a contract with Estee Lauder, walking for Chanel TWICE in the same year, not to mention designing her own line (w/ Kylie) for PacSun.

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Jenner stirred up a lot of “controversy” when she walked for Marc Jacobs this year sporting a shear top exposing her chest.

  

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And again, people had a lot to say about this revealing number at the Much Music Awards where Kendall and Kylie both cohosted.

 

4. Sasha & Malia Obama 

Even more recently, the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia came under fire for their fashion choices, which caused a government employee to actually “resign from” her job after posting an open letter to the girls about how they should “show a little class.” The gif below actually shows the outfits (former) congressional aide, Elizabeth Lauten had called into question.

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Yeah, that’s kind of how we feel about slut-shaming TOO, Malia. #same

 

A lot of people are often disgusted by the overt sexualization of a younger generation of women especially as it’s represented in mainstream media and pop culture. But, the only people I’m disgusted by are the people saying these things to young powerful women in media.

 To state things more bluntly: No one asked you to think these girls were sexy. Why is there a negative connotation attached to sex? Especially when it has to do with women and sex, and owning their own sexuality? You want to push these ideals of femininity on girls from the time their old enough to play with dolls and ‘girly’ toys that teach them that looking good and being pretty is important, then completely turn around and tell them they can’t be too pretty otherwise men will sexualize them; in essence, training women to feel responsible for not only themselves, but the actions of others.

It’s already hard enough for girls out there. Not many people understand this constant struggle because it’s something so deeply ingrained in our culture. But I feel like nowadays, with social media and more voices being heard across the globe, in print and online (like on this online magazine you’re reading from right now) we can strive to see these subversively malicious and scrutinous observations with a more intelligent and sensitive view point and better understand why it is that we do these things. The entire basis for the founding of this magazine was to help shift the way women are represented in the media, and we’re happy to do that every chance we get for our community and future female leaders, but in reality, that all starts with how you choose to view the world around you.

So the next time you find yourself reading some slut shaming piece on how short someone’s skirt was, or how trashy someone’s makeup looked, check yourself. I just beg you to ask yourself, Do I (or anyone else for that matter) have the right to police what someone else is wearing? And do they have an obligation to please anyone other themselves and their fans? The answer is usually a resounding: F*** NO.

Being a girl is already hard enough. Let’s not make it harder for generations to come.

 

 

 

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