Lookism is discrimination, prejudice, or stereotyping based upon physical appearance, including skin tone, body modification, and/or clothing. It is the notion of considering one’s physical appearance or adhering to specific beauty standards as superior, which often leads to discrimination and negative attitudes toward those who do not meet these criteria. This prejudice takes various forms, such as body shaming and exclusion based on looks, perpetuating harmful stereotypes and undermining individuals’ self-esteem.
YiWen Fan is a first year IBA student with a passion for HR management, marketing, and business law. Her diverse background from years of immigration has instilled in her a strong, independent personality. She aspires to work with MNCs, backed by experience from workshops and academic research. Yiwen delivered an inspiring TEDx Talk on “Confidence in Appearance,” advocating for inclusivity and acceptance of diverse physical appearances. Her talk encourages positive self-image and celebrates individual uniqueness.
“The definition of beauty is diverse. Let confidence bring out the good in your body rather than letting some labels be the norm of beauty because everyone in this world is incomparable and unique no matter who you are or where you come from.”
– YiWen Fan
Let us ask you this:
- What are your typical initial/first thoughts when you meet someone who belongs to a different nationality or ethnicity? Do these first thoughts align with any preconceived notions you might have about people based on their appearance?
- What is your current experience with Lookism? Have you, or someone you know, ever had a lived experience with Lookism? If yes, what impact did it have on you?
- Reflecting on the video, how does the message impact you, your organization, and your community?
- How can you raise awareness about lookism and its harmful effects on individuals and society? How can you promote discussions and initiatives that address the issue of lookism in a constructive and empathetic manner, encouraging positive change? Let us know if you need support in answering this question!
Today, it is crucial to recognize and celebrate the diverse range of appearances and physical attributes among people. We must actively challenge lookism and promote equity and inclusivity for individuals of all appearances. Embracing diversity and appreciating the uniqueness of each person can lead us to a more compassionate and accepting world. This requires breaking down appearance-based prejudices, advocating for the rights and well-being of marginalized individuals, and creating inclusive environments that uplift and affirm people of different looks. Only by taking these actions can we dismantle the barriers of lookism and cultivate a society that embraces and celebrates the worth and contributions of all its members.
This is a reminder that every moment is an opportunity to continue learning and reflecting and that there is always room for growth in ourselves and in our communities.
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