Society’s Obsession With “Glowing Up”


Milagro Cruz, Contributor

Society’s obsession with “glowing up” has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. This phenomenon, also known as the “transformation narrative,” refers to the idea that individuals can drastically improve their physical appearance and overall lives through hard work and dedication. Social media platforms have played a significant role in the proliferation of this idea, as users are constantly bombarded with images and videos of people who have undergone significant physical and lifestyle changes.

The concept of “glowing up” is not new, as people have always been fascinated with physical transformation. However, with the advent of social media, the idea has taken on a new level of significance. Social media platforms have allowed people to document and share their physical and lifestyle transformations with a broad audience, which has led to a culture of comparison and competition.

Many people have turned to fad diets, extreme workout routines, and even surgery to achieve the “perfect” look. However, this obsession with “glowing up” can have serious consequences, both physically and mentally. Crash diets and extreme exercise can lead to serious health problems, while the pressure to conform to societal standards of beauty can result in feelings of low self-worth and body dysmorphia. Furthermore, the idea of “glowing up” perpetuates the false notion that one’s worth is based on their physical appearance. This can be especially harmful to young people in developing their sense of self-worth.

It is important to remember that everyone’s journey is different, and there is no one “perfect” way to look. It is hard not to try to conform to beauty standards when societal standards are marketed and advertised on every social platform, even if we try not to, we subconsciously follow beauty trends as they, “come and go,” because of the amount of influence social media has on people. But it is essential to remember that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and true self-confidence and happiness come from within. Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we should focus on personal growth and well-being. It is a better alternative to try to stray away from obsessing about fitting into beauty trends, as they will always come and go. Basing your worth on someone else, can lead to being self-critical of your own appearance.

In conclusion, society’s obsession with glowing up can be both harmful and beneficial. It can be harmful when it becomes an all-consuming pursuit, or when it leads to negative self-talk, self-criticism, and pressure to conform to certain beauty standards. However, it can be beneficial when it inspires people to strive for self-improvement and personal growth. It’s important to remember that true beauty and worth come from within, and everyone’s journey is unique.