Allow me to begin by acknowledging that I’m the last person to encourage pitting women against one another. I live and breathe feminism—the type of feminism where both men and women are considered equal—in hopes that some day, future generations will no longer have to worry about being discriminated against, whether it be in the workplace or everyday life, solely based on their gender. But there is something I’ve noticed about our generation (and no, it’s not that we’re lazy or that we suck or spend all of the money that should have gone towards mortgages on avocado toast).
We’ve seemed to lose sight of what really matters in this life.
The title of this blog post is not meant to be an insult to the Kardashians, but rather to serve as a reminder for us to not allow ourselves to get wrapped up in the superficial, insignificant facets of life. Each of us has vastly different aspirations, but as a humanitarian, my ultimate goal is to leave this world in a better place than it was when I found it.
The Kardashians have built immensely successful careers and massive followings over the years; there’s no denying that. If you combined the amount of followers each one has across all of their social media channels, they would easily surpass the 1 billion mark. They are a family of businesswomen (and men) who have made a lifetime of not-always-admirable-but-ultimately-strategic decisions, landing them exactly where they are today. Although beauty is subjective, I consider all of them to be absolutely stunning. But instead of than choosing to leverage their fame, fortune, and platforms for the greater good, they use them for their own advantage: To increase the ratings of their popular reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, promote their clothing lines, post selfies on a daily basis, and advertise for lesser known brands, who likely paid them a significant amount of money in exchange for the exposure. For the amount of power and influence these women hold in our present-day society, I can’t help but think they’re wasting it.
If Princess Diana were still alive today, July 1st would have marked her 56th birthday. Although her life was tragically cut short due to an accident, Diana was a beautiful, wealthy public figure who dedicated her time on this planet to help improve the lives of those who were underprivileged. She was involved with a number of different organizations and filled her days with philanthropy, championing for organizations like the Greater Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the National Aids Trust. In addition to her strides to help those less fortunate, she was the epitome of style, sophistication and class. An exemplar woman, she taught the rest of us that it’s not necessary to show off our skin in order to be ‘beautiful’. She departed from this world leaving behind an iconic legacy; one that will be remembered for many years to come.
In the words of Diana herself, “I would like to be a queen in the hearts of the people.”
That you were.
If life granted you an unlimited amount of money and fame, what would you do with it? Would you spend it on lavish vacations, opulent beachside mansions, and plastic surgery, or would you invest it in helping others and making the world a better place?