CROP & EDIT
With the lovely women who inspire me on @sheiconic and my favorite curve models like La’Tecia Thomas and Iskra Lawrence, I’m learning how to become more comfortable in my skin. Ashley Graham taught me that your beauty can change someone’s life because confidence in who you are inspires others.
I realized when you learn to live with unconditional love for yourself and boldness to be everything God has made you, it’s divine exposure to self-awareness and contentedness with your body.
Being content means you are accepting YOU for YOU by resisting the need to look like everyone else. We see tons of beautiful women on Instagram who are naturally irresistible. Not to bash those who do, but we see people who photoshop their images to feel more comfortable with themselves.
Personally, I don’t photoshop myself, I’ll add filters for a cohesive theme, clean up the contrast and lightening but not directly change me physically. Why? I don’t want to lose those elements that define me. I want to know I look good online just as much as I do in person.
Everything you see on my blog and social media is true to me, I will never sink to the pressure of becoming something I’m not because in the long-run that type of pressure is hard a mountain climb.
Self-love is complete happiness.
I don’t judge others for doing things that bring self comfort but I want us all to enter a place where it feels safe to be ourselves and become our own standard of beauty. The fashion industry and media all define beauty by unmeasurable terms.
For guys, you’re most sexy if your stomach is flat. Well, not everyone is meant to have a 6 pack. Or you’re most desirable with a curvy body. Well, what about ladies with straight frames, are they less beautiful?
I don’t want to fully blame the fashion industry and media because they are entitled to their opinion but when one type of beauty is dissed to emphasize the greatness of another, it’s an issue. I believe when people have to photoshop themselves it’s derived from the mindset of not feeling great enough, which comes from the irrational idealism of Hollywood’s beauty standard.
Your beauty has no mistakes.
I say if you use photoshop, don’t alter who you are completely. Take away a pimple or even a scar but don’t manipulate your face and body to look entirely like someone else. Find value in those “imperfections” and make them into flawless beauty traits.
Remember, those unusual qualities such as peppery-like freckles, delicate skin tone, charming cellulite, impressive unibrow, colorful birthmarks, pretty gapped teeth or dynamic hair texture all makes us identifiable, unapologetically youthful, forever alluring and courageously beautiful.
What is a feature that makes you stand out? What is something you’re not afraid to hide about yourself?
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