What makes someone beautiful?
Is it the way they look, the way they carry themselves? Or is it confidence?
The media would have us believe that beauty is one body shape, fake breasts and faces so perfect, you’d think they were carved from the smoothest stone. But is that beauty? It’s certainly not natural beauty.
Natural beauty is any size, any shape. I’m sure, as you’re reading this right now, there is something you dislike about yourself. There are a lot of things I dislike about myself and because of my past torment with bullies and what media portray as “Beautiful”, I am self conscious and I believe that I have to wear makeup to feel even the tiniest bit pretty. I’m sure we’ve all been there.
Makeup is my enemy. I dislike it, I’m 23 and I barely know how to use it. My skin is such a combination of different things, that when I do use it…it doesn’t often look good. It doesn’t matter what type of makeup I use. It’s as if the product is saying, “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, let’s go our separate ways.”
I often think to myself, “If I didn’t wear makeup would I have gotten that job?” Or “If I didn’t wear makeup, would that person treat me differently?” But then I remember that I don’t care. If someone doesn’t like me, or want me around when I don’t have makeup on…then I don’t want to know that person!
For a very long time, I was worried that my wonderful other half would cast me aside if I didn’t look my best 24/7. But I quickly discovered that, if someone truly loves you for who you are then you don’t really need makeup or fancy clothes.
What makes someone beautiful? Confidence. Whether you’re a man or a woman, confidence is the best tool you could ever have. Take your imperfections and look at them, with or without them, you are wonderful. Sure, you could get rid of those love handles, or get treatment for the scar on your arm, but do they not add character?
I know it’s hard, to accept your flaws and to be confident with who you are. I know that being with someone makes it easier sometimes and I know that clothing and makeup can help a hell of a lot. But I just want to tell you, the person reading this, that I think you’re beautiful.
You don’t have to change to be appreciated. If you appreciate yourself, others will see your confidence and appreciate you as well. Be who YOU want to be.
My dear reader, you’re beautiful and don’t you forget it.