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TikTok users are celebrating their natural beauty using works of art


TextAlex Peters

Tiktok is having a self-love history lesson

Social media can make us feel bad about ourselves, endlessly scrolling through images of perfected bodies and faces. Though these are often altered – whether digitally or surgically – the effect on our self-esteem can be very real. 

Every now and then, however, social media comes through in a great way. Creating communities around skin positivity with movements like #getyourskinout and #freethepimple, for example. Or this latest TikTok trend.

Users on the social platform have been sharing historical images and works of art that highlight the features they are insecure about, from strong noses to rosy cheeks, and show that those same features have long been celebrated and thought of as beautiful. Not only that, but they are strong connections to our history and the legacy of our ancestors.

@whitehair

sometimes i envy others but then i remember who made me so beautiful #greenscreen #fyp #native #indigenous #nativeamerican #mmiw #navajo

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TikToker @whitehair, for example, shared images of her Native America forebearers who share her same broad nose with the caption “sometimes I envy others but then I remember who made me so beautiful.” Another user @brownchicana69 posted images of Latina women through the ages, writing “me trying to compare myself to white girls but then I remember.” @zigwad called back to the struggles of her Jewish ancestors in WWII writing “in times of conventional beauty, remember who created you. the ones that couldn’t be here” alongside a video of her highlighting her strong nose. 

As well as ancestral images, users have been looking back through the history of art to tie themselves to a long line of beautiful women. Rosy cheeks, curly hair and fuller hips and tummies have all been celebrated. “You’ve been insecure about your rosy cheeks your whole life but one day you remember they’re a symbol of beauty,” wrote @leeencuisine while @tiktoktoyoulater posted saying “aquiline/hooked noses are beautiful & apart of so many nations & cultures around the world and it would be an injustice if I hated mine like I use 2.” 

See some of the videos below. 

@leeencuisine

you’ve been insecure about your rosy cheeks your whole life but one day you remember they’re a symbol of beauty #fyp

♬ original sound - jake25.17
@justtpeaachy

Record your insecurities but in a beautiful way❤️👩🏽‍🦱 shout out to whoever started this trend💋 #fyp #greenscreen#afrolatina

♬ original sound - jake25.17
@riley.illustration

idk who started the trend but “record the things you hate about yourself but in a beautiful way” #foryou #fyp

♬ original sound - jake25.17
@zigwad

idea from whitehair in times of conventional beauty, remember who created you. the ones that couldn’t be here.

♬ original sound - jake25.17
@molosal

It took me 19 years to fall in love with my curls, I wish it would’ve been sooner. #greenscreen #JustAddGlitter #allstarmoment #curlyhair

♬ original sound - jake25.17
@tiktoktoyoulater

aquiline/hooked noses are beautiful & apart of so many nations & cultures around the world and it would be an injustice if i hated mine like i use 2💖

♬ original sound - jake25.17
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