A 5 letter word.
A seemingly simple word.
But beauty means different things to different people.
I will openly admit that I have never looked at myself and thought I was beautiful.
I think being the only teenager in my school with freckles and red, curly hair – I felt like I wasn’t beautiful because I didn’t look the same as everyone else.
There is my point right there, right before I even get started here – I wanted to be like everyone else.
I had this idea in my head that being blonde or brunette with long straight hair and a size 6 would solve all my problems.
I started taking epilepsy medication when I was 12 – which caused my appetite to increase and I gained about 2 stone over several years.
After going through years of anorexia followed by sudden weight gain my self esteem just fell through the floor.
But the worst thing I could do was compare myself to other people.
What is beauty to you?
Do you look in the mirror each morning and see yourself as beautiful?
Well you should. I should. We all should.
With the distorted and photo shopped images we are drowned in each day it’s no wonder that when we view ourselves – we see something different than what everyone else see’s
I firmly believe that it’s the images in the media that help to fuel the fire of eating disorders, low self image and low self-esteem.. to name but a few.
In the last week I read about Zendaya – she found out her photo bad been photo shopped without her permission
I don’t see anything wrong with the original image. Do you?
However, it has been made thinner, tanner and hips slimmed down…but for what reason?
To sell magazines?
To sell products?
But what they don’t know is these images are what influence women – making them feel inadequate in themselves.
Pushing the unrealistic ideal of what they consider beauty.
What do you think of this image?
I don’t know about you but I see a happy and beautiful woman, comfortable in her skin.
What about here?
I fully believe all women are beautiful in any shape or form.
So often I read stories of plus size women being called awful names or thinner woman being told to ‘eat a sandwich’.
Body shaming is not OK.
Calling a person ugly is not OK.
Underhanded ‘compliments’ are not OK.
Everywhere I look I see beauty.
Feeling beautiful is not about what you wear or the makeup you put on – but its how you feel inside.
When you feel beautiful inside it will show on the outside….what you wear and your make up just accentuate your beauty.
I am not going to sit here and tell you what I think is beautiful – because there is no one thing.
To me everyone is beautiful in their own special way.
All bodies have the right to be loved by their owners, people do not have the right to body shame.
If you can write this on a post it and stick to your mirror –
“I am grateful for my healthy body”
“I love and accept myself right now”
Beauty comes in many forms – regardless of what we are led to believe.
Embrace how incredible you are – don’t let other people’s opinions change who you are.
Embrace the way you look
Embrace you imperfections
Embrace your size, shape and height
Embrace who you are.