When I look in the mirror, with my natural buzz cut, broad nose, full lips and ample bosom and hips, I see my mother. For me, she is the epitome of beauty, ever since I was a little girl, and she will always be my beauty icon.
But even with someone so self-possessed to look up to, I’ve still had my struggles with my appearance. After turning 40, I had to make peace with the fact that my slender twenty-something body was never coming back!
Eventually I embraced the body I have now, but in more ways than I care to admit, I still question my beauty choices and wonder how I measure up to others.
I know I’m not alone in this self-acceptance tug of war. It’s clear when we look at whose images are elevated and whose isn’t that society sees beauty through a one-dimensional lens.
The key is understanding that these mainstream media images don’t define us. When we treasure our unique selves–our hair, nose, lips, bosom and hips–we begin to embrace our own beauty.
I’d love to hear about your beauty journey. The more we share with one another, the more we create a space where self-acceptance is nurtured and can continue to grow.
Stay in touch,