Naomi: Social media gives an unrealistic image girls have about how they should look, this also goes for men.

Name
Naomi
Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
I’m 17 and I live in the UK. I’m half English and half Nigerian. I grew in what you would call an African home. so as you can imagine it was tough and still is. certain values my dad has, has pushed me away from him. As I’ve grown up the more our relationship ceases to exist. He isn’t the type of dad i can talk to, which has been hard, this is the same with my mum but i have a closer relationship with her, our personalities are the same which means we clash a lot though. I also have three siblings, which can be a good and bad thing. My family outside my immediate family is quite big,so when we go to family events i always end up meeting a new family member.
I would say i’m my biggest motivator but also i’m my biggest downfall. I still battle with depression but as i grow older i believe it gets better. I love reading, it helps me escape reality for awhile.
What are the bad things you see on social media?
Social media gives an unrealistic image girls have about how they should look, this also goes for men. I think social media can have a negative impact on body image. girls compare themselves daily to plastic women who class themselves as ‘role models’. I feel strongly about body image, if a bigger, curvier girl/woman wanted to wear a bikini or a crop top and post it because they feel good within themselves, then no one should feel the need to comment negative things, just because a woman is confident in her body. People need to get used to the fact that most men and women don’t look like these ‘Instagram models’ which most of the time have got cosmetic surgery to look ‘perfect’ or take some sort of steroids in order to be ‘muscular’.
Trolls are also what make social media negative whether that’s giving a hate comment about the way someone looks or what someone is doing, they will have a negative impact on someones life.
Social media is such a big platform that can be used for good and in most circumstances i believe it is, but the bad parts can sometimes outweigh the good parts.
What are the hardships you go through?
I’ve had depression since i was 12 and anxiety came with it. These two put together for me is the worst possible thing. I recently went through depression again. I hated it! I would be up till near 5 in the morning crying and having a panic attack. I went through this alone. Like i always do. This went on for 2 weeks. I tried to keep myself occupied which took my mind of negative things i would think about.
Also not having a strong support system at home has effected me growing up. I don’t have the best relationship with my dad and when i hear my friends talking so highly of theirs i envy them because i wish i could relate.
Felling not wanted as a child has affected me more than i think it has. But i know i’ll be okay.
What are your goals in life?
I’ve always had many goals in life. I want to be an actress but also go into criminology. i want to bring out at least one book as i have always loved to read and write. travelling the world is a goal that i need to complete in life, I’ve always wanted to travel. I want to have have a family when i grow up, with 5 children to be exact. I think living my life my way and living to the fullest is my biggest goal, to not do anything with regrets and to be happy with what i will and can achieve.
What would you do if you could change the world?
I would make sure that suicide awareness is ALWAYS talked about. It really isn’t spoken about enough, especially in schools.
The most important things in life that need to be spoken about are the most taboo subjects, such as suicide/mental health and sex, whether it’s about protection or how to avoid diseases. It’s certain topics such as these, if they were spoken about more people would know that there is help and they aren’t alone, the stats could potentially decrease.
I want to be a voice for those who go through mental health issues as i face the same. I want to be a voice for young girls of the next generation who feel the need to look a certain way because society says so.
I’ve always wanted to help in deprived countries, whether that’s through charities or going to the country myself, i think it’s important to help people that have less than me, because for all i know i could have been born into that position, it makes me not take things for granted and appreciate what i have.
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
I’m content. I think i could be happier. Actually i know i could be happier. I don’t think anything is holding me back, I’m my biggest obstacle. I don’t think i’m living my life to the fullest, which doesn’t right with me. You never know your last day or what tomorrow could bring, and to know that I’ve hardly done anything that i want to do makes me feel like i’m losing out on something. I want to experience life…my way! not the way my parents want me to. what makes me content with my life now, is i know one day i will do everything i plan on doing.
What questions would you like me to make next for the new interviees coming to the website?
what advice would you give yourself or the next generation?

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