When I was younger, I struggled with body image insecurities, and over time with the help of my family and friends, I’ve learned to love and appreciate my body. Thinking about my journey led me to this driving question: “How does social media impact and influence the body image of young women, specifically from the ages 14 to 18?” Based on my creative interests, I decided to design my project as a photography and research exhibition on the impact of social media on the body image of young women.
My time spent exploring beauty standards and body image in my ninth-grade classes, such as Digital Tools & Citizenship and Independent Inquiry, served as a research foundation for my project. Over the course of this year, my project evolved. I started with the general topic of body image insecurities, and I narrowed it down to social media’s impact on young women’s body image. Narrowing the subject of my project allowed for more focused research and accuracy. I eliminated some aspects of my project, such as doing a data collection survey on the statistical impact of social media on young women’s body image. I added other elements, such as the detailed Tools & Takeaways section of my project.
Most importantly, from my experience working on this project, I learned to accept the fluidity of collaborating with others and the importance of listening to other people’s experiences and perspectives. My project resulted in three young women having the opportunity to reflect on their body image journey and simultaneously allowing myself to learn more about the unique experiences of others. If I imagined continuing my project, I would create a documentary on the impact of social media in young women’s lives that builds upon my findings in this project. I would also take my interview questions/process and formulate a self-interview process that anyone interested in reflecting on their body image journey can do.
4 thoughts on “Reclaiming You: Social Media’s Impact on Body Image”
What awesome and insightful work. So glad that through vulnerability a roadmap to healthy was born. Really proud of you.
Such a well done, professional project! You never cease to amaze me, Karis! Thanks for sharing your story and standing in vulnerability- creating a project with meaning and depth.
I spent time going through your PDF and found myself feeling very moved by your investigation. When we first talked about this project, I believe we discussed the fine line between balancing a scientific or academic approach to the topic and exploring a more fine art and perhaps formally driven experience. And I feel you have achieved a beautiful synergy of the two. Congratulations on this. And I hope you will find ways to continue this work while also sharing it with a broad audience. These revelations are invaluable.
Serge J-F. Levy
Such an intimate, thoughtful, unselfish, caring and skillful monologue by Karis Braxton of herself, and in recognizing the pain in her two subjects, on coming to age in this society and recognizing and identifying the pain and the agony of working thru it.
She is wise beyond her age and she should know that the world is her oyster and her wisdom could benefit so many young people as well as any of us who are struggling with a sense of insecurity.
Is she a young seer or a prophet and do she have a future of being a real Life Coach?
God Bless her and keep her in the palm of his hand…