Recently, Dove asked a sketch artist to draw several different women based on their own descriptions and the descriptions of strangers, without the artist ever seeing the actual subject: http://realbeautysketches.dove.us/. The results indicated strangers perceived them as more attractive than they themselves had. This is both inherently sad and uplifting.
The experiment is quite similar to one of the reasons I began camming. I knew I did not have an objective opinion of my appearance. As I often put it, “the mirror lies.” Put alongside other real [read: non-airbrushed] women, I began to see the strengths rather than the weaknesses in my appearance. I saw more of my physical assets than my [alleged] physical flaws. I discovered how to emphasize my best features and downplay those of which I wasn’t as fond.
Through camming, I have come to aspire to more attainable standards. I don’t pick up a glossy magazine and think “I want to look like that,” because “that” isn’t a realistic representation of beauty. It is false; it is something no one can ever actually BE. I’ve learned I’m much happier and fulfilled by striving to be the best I possibly can be and by acknowledging “perfection” is a subjective ideal that is equally illusive to everyone, not just to me.