It seems that growing up has become harder and harder. When I think of my high school years looking towards college and making the necessary preparations, while it may not have been easy, it is nothing like what teenagers are going through today. The pressure to succeed can be very intense. And for some reason, girls also feel this insane pressure to be “perfect”. I see it everyday – starting with some girls in middle school.
The other day, my daughter taking a study break from her hours of studying for her MCAT test, started to tell me about this female medical student that writes a blog that she follows, “Mom, she is beautiful, is in medical school, and writes a blog!”
Ummmm….Beautiful? My daughter’s first qualifier was about this young woman’s appearances!?! The reality is that is the pressure felt by many young women.
Today’s millennial women have more freedom and choices than ever, but they are still faced with pressure to be perfect. In fact, a 2015 online survey of 1,000 U.S. women aged 18-34 years, sponsored by Plan B One-Step®, found that at least 90% of young women have felt the stress of perfection.
And as I said, I see this everyday. And for the girls and young women that fall into this category – the pressure causes them a whole lot of anxiety. That is not a good thing. Whether a young woman is in college or starting their career – it seems like they are bombarded with mixed messages and pressure. I have watched my own children – all young adults, two out of college and one starting her senior year in college – plan and work hard to succeed.
Well, I happen to believe that there is no such thing as perfect. And I know that life doesn’t always go as planned. So when I was offered a chance to interview the stars of MTV’s Girl Code about the Perfectly Imperfect initiative, I said, “Sure. Let’s chat.”
Carly Aquilino and Nessa Diab are funny! They have become household names on MTV’s Girl Code by being authentic and relatable. They have dished on everything from friendship and dating, to awkward moments that have happened in their lives – all on national television. They are about to launch Their Girl Code Live – the first female late night talk show! It will debut August 31 at 10:30 p.m.
Carly and Nessa were joined by Dr. Diana Ramos, an expert in women’s health. They are out to spread the word and engage young women in conversations about what it means to be perfectly imperfect while sharing info about emergency contraception. Check out the following interview:
Find out more information at Perfectly Imperfect and Me. The Perfectly Imperfect Tour is hitting the road, engaging college students on what it means to be perfectly imperfect while sharing info about emergency contraception. Don’t miss the fun!
This interview opportunity was sponsored by Plan B One-Step®