Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful! <3

Everyone is different and unique. We all have our own special talents and skills, we all have our own weaknesses and struggles, too. But there is one thing we ALL have in common: we all want to feel beautiful, valued, and important. We, as humans, often strive to fit into the mold that society deems as “beautiful” rather than being beautiful in our own way.

Unfortunately, today’s “beauty” standards tend to be the exact opposite of what beauty really is.

Faces layered with make-up, scary small clothing sizes, bones showing, thigh gaps (just to name a few) are examples of the ridiculous expectations of girls in today’s world.  Just look through a magazine, or flip through some different channels on TV and you’ll have thousands of images thrown at you that create this image of what you “should” look like.

Most people don’t realize that these images are usually fake. They’re photoshopped so the models fit into society’s unrealistic expectations.

Just look at this before and after picture. Can you guess which one is real, and which one has been stretched, smoothed, tightened, air brushed, enhanced, brightened, and is almost completely fake?

don't ever be jealous of what you see in magazines!

Here’s a video about three women who participated in an experiment. They each did a  photoshoot and had their pictures professionally photoshopped, the same way models and celebs are photoshopped in magazines. Surprisingly, they didn’t really like what they saw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRlpIkH3b5I

Don’t ever believe what you see in the media.

Someone once told me that “comparison is the thief of joy.” I think this quote fits this situation perfectly. If you are always trying to be someone you’re not, how will you ever be truly happy? You are unique and special, and yes, BEAUTIFUL.

No one else can tell you otherwise.

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Just because you may not look like your best friend, or wear the newest styles in the smallest sizes, just because you don’t look like the girl on the magazine cover, doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful. To be truly beautiful is to be yourself. 

beau·ti·ful [byoo-tuh-fuhl]

adj.

1.having beauty; possessing qualities that give great  pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about,etc.;  delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress; a  beautiful speech.

2. excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh  hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef

3. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.

 

Beauty is not about what is seen on the outside, but rather what is on the inside. Have you ever heard someone talk about inner beauty? That is what we should strive for.
~Alyssa
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