In the latest hashtag bandwagon, people are showing off how much hotter they’ve get since 2009. It’s a good thing.
The 2009 vs. 2019 challenge, sometimes called the ten year challenge, is taking over your feeds with side-by-side photos of nostalgic throwbacks. You’ve likely scrolled past the photos and noticed the striking juxtaposition between scene kid and Instagram baddie.
This is the most tepid take: Let people enjoy things!
Look , nobody searched cute ten years ago. There’s no way to construct boot cut jeans and layered cistern tops cute; the 2009 zeitgeist called for “the worlds largest” horrific combining of apparel. And I, for one, was an unfortunate searching teen who has since blossomed into a relatively functional human. Let me have this opportunity to flex with my post-braces smile.
In this absolute hellscape that we live in, people should feel empowered to highlight their personal proliferation.
The ten year challenge is a rare outburst of wholesome vitality, which is exactly what we need after the dumpster flaming of last year. People are celebrating their newfound hotness. Let us enjoy this.
For some, the new challenges allowed them to show off living the very best lives after transitioning. For others, it lets them highlight their vastly improved makeup knowledge. For most, they’re just feeling themselves and that’s great!
And if you’re Reese Witherspoon, the ten year challenge simply proves that people don’t age if they bide unproblematic.
Bottom line: Yes, inundating the TL with before and after paintings is riling. But it’s 2019, and if we can’t have a little appreciation for a glowing up, then what else do we have?
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