Kotzur shows statutes of women from the museum whose bodies looked curvy and "imperfect" according to society's current beauty standards.
Advertisements and social media often glorify unrealistic beauty standards that are mostly unattainable. They always make women feel like they have to be much more than they are. However, @kelsey_kotzur, a TikTok user, realized that this wasn't always the case when she visited the Louvre museum in Paris and became emotional seeing statues that were of her body type.
A video shared by Kotzur starts with her looking teary-eyed while an overlay text reads: "Feeling emotional because these goddesses have my body." Then she shows statues of women from the museum. Their bodies looked curvy and "imperfect" as per society's current standards. Katzur wanted to embrace herself way more after seeing these statues.
The video went viral with more than 631k views and 84k likes. It is captioned, "being emo at a museum. how original #lourve." Many on TikTok loved the way these statues were portrayed at the museum. @olivia_vm16 commented, "Yup through studying art history, we learned this body type was seen as the epitome of feminity! Should be still be seen that way!" @mysteriekid wrote, "I love this because sometimes I feel like my body isn't 'normal' but it's actually timeless."
@jjohn274 pointed out, "No because this was me all day at the Louvre. It really changes your perspective on yourself and what we consider 'beautiful.'" @elishahatesblott expressed, "When I went to the Louvre Paris I finally got over my body insecurities. That confidence radiated in my photos and I felt and looked beautiful." @tiahgordon expressed, "This was my favorite thing about going to Europe. All the sculptures had my soft belly and it is good enough for art, it's good enough for me." @cierradawn_ wrote, "This truly made me feel so good about myself. Thank you for sharing this."
Last month, TikTok introduced a new filter and many felt they were unrecognizable when they used it. However, some on the platform have been enjoying this new filter using the hashtags #boldglamourfilter and #teenagefilter. But critics state that this could be harmful to people's mental health and promote unrealistic beauty standards, reports Good Morning America.
@_kaybrooks_ went ahead and showed herself in a video without the filter. She says in the video, "I didn't understand because nobody was showing what they looked like without this filter, but you need to see what I look like right now." Brooks later told GMA that she was astonished by the filter's effects. "It literally looked like my face had been photoshopped, like instantaneously, which for anyone who knows anything about Photoshop is insanely hard to do and takes a lot of time, so yeah, I was just astounded. I was like, 'This isn't real,'" Brooks said.
Krissy Van, another TikTok user, believes the filter affected her positively. She posted a video of herself with a side-by-side view of what she looked like with and without the filter. "I see my grandmother as a young girl," Van captioned it. "This is a beautiful filter that brought out some beautiful memories," she added.
Not all TikTok users like the face filter. Erica Taylor used the filter in one of her videos and hated it. She said, "I don't know why I'm doing the work when I can just put this filter on and just pretend. It's a whole lot of work for nothing. Nobody sees me anyway because that would be disappointing. That filter makes you feel very sad," she said.