I used to read a lot of L.J Smith novels when I was a teen and in the Night World series especially there was a lot of ugly ducklings who realised their beauty. It seems to happen a lot in YA where a so-called plain Jane girl undergoes makeovers to feel prettier and more confident with their sexuality. I think reading these girls become beautiful made me feel worse as an insecure teenager because I knew that would never happen to me.
|Give up my 11th Doctor t-shirt? Not in a million years.|
I wear make-up and I like it. I love to get my glad rags on and look presentable for a night out. But when I was a teenager I liked a bit of eccentricity in my clothes. During college I came out of my shell and loved wearing my batman hoodie, I liked odd jewellery, and I carried a Beetlejuice bag covered in badges that said ridiculous things. That was what I liked to wear and I stuck to it until I grew out of some things. But I would have told someone to eff off if they said I dressed idiotic and hated it when my family told me I should wear dresses and colours. I had my appearance issues (and still do) but I learnt to be confident through what I wore and what my tastes were. I still like my geeky t-shirts and nothing can make me change that.
What about those teenage girls who dress differently? The girls who have geeky t-shirts or like to wear converses or dress tomboyish. When YA only seems to show that you discover your beauty through a make-over what is it saying to those girls who don't want to dress up to look pretty? I'm sure they look fine with a Firefly quote or a moustache on their t-shirt and they need to know that they don't need to change. It's not compulsory. Look presentable sure but I'd like to see more messages in YA telling girls that they're fine in what they already wear and encourage them to revel in their own styles.
Sorry if it turned into a rant. ^^ Any thoughts?