She Came, She Saw, She Contoured
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
YouTube Channel: Rarediamondzz
What drove you to start a YouTube channel?
I went to a public high school in New Jersey, and it’s required for our graduation for all the seniors to present a 15-17 minute-long oral presentation at the end of the year. It was such a big and important task that our English teachers made us start researching about our topics the first week of school! I had no idea what I wanted to my presentation on. My teacher made us start with picking very broad topics that interested us that we wanted to learn more about and as the weeks went on, we would narrow our topics and eventually come us with a thesis. Media was a big part of my life at the time so I thought, “Why not make that my topic?”
I started by researching the statistics about how many people are on social media and the age group that is most predominantly online for the longest amount of time. By mid-senior year, people—including me—started to worry about prom; everyone was trying to figure out what dress to wear and how to do their makeup. Ultimately, I overheard a group of girls talking about how they had to lose weight to look good in their prom dresses and one girl said, “I have to look like this girl,” and she was pointing to a super skinny bikini model on Instagram. Suddenly, I had my thesis: “Media negatively affects the self esteem of teens, mostly girls.” Social networks and publications sometimes portray certain body types and images to be more beautiful and people are pressure to fit into a certain mold and that is unattainable for most.
After spending a whole school year doing research on how people are affected so negatively and realizing that I was as well, my eyes opened and I basically made a promise to myself not get jealous about what other people look like and not to compare myself to others because God made all of us in His image and He does not make mistakes. I learned to accept myself and the way I look. I started not depending on makeup or hide behind it. If you see me on campus you can see me walking around with no makeup. In highschool that was hard for me to do, but now I am comfortable with myself and I am confident in my imperfections.