I don’t know what it’s like for you, but where I go to school, your Facebook profile picture is a really big deal. It can’t just be some random photo that was taken of you, but it has to be pro-like and very well planned. I even know some people who will go and do a whole photoshoot just to get a new profile picture. I’m not saying this is bad at all, I mean I’ve been guilty of doing that before, we all have. So what I want to do is combine the urgency of your Facebook profile picture, with a topic that is extremely important to me: body image. I have changed my profile picture on Facebook to a picture of me in a bikini at the beach, with this as the caption:
“It angers me that some people out there in the world put down others based on the shape of their body. Nobody should ever feel anything but immense love for the body they were given. There should be nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be embarrassed of. If you learn to embrace and love the body you have, you will be a much happier person. This is a picture of me at the beach this summer. I wasn’t posing, I wasn’t sucking my stomach in, I was just enjoying life. I have a challenge for you, change your profile picture to a picture that shows what your body looks like. Don’t hide anything, don’t be embarrassed, be proud. “
What I want to see is how many people actually react to this challenge. I have a feeling that people will like the photo, but won’t actually go through with the challenge. I think this is going to be an extremely telling challenge about how our society views body image. If this doesn’t work, I’m planning on starting a hashtag trend in a few months where I have people post pictures of their body’s on Instagram, and tag 10 of their friends to do the same (a little bit like how the ice bucket challenge worked). I’m excited to see what I find out from this experiment, and I can’t wait to share the results soon. And please, if you are reading this, I am extending the challenge to you!