Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Art of Feeling Pretty

The other day I was hanging out with a girlfriend of mine, catching up over some drinks. The conversation eventually turned to the topic of insecurities, which is unfortunately something I feel comes up all too often in female conversation. She began talking about how she felt her nose was too big, her eyes were too small, her hips were too wide, all qualities that she felt unsatisfied with. Now, as she was listing off her supposed "flaws", I just looked back at her with a crazed expression. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, because I love my friend and think she's one of the most beautiful people in the world. But then I thought about how many times I had stared at myself in the mirror, hating my teeth, my crooked nose, my too-large eyes, my legs...the list goes on and on. As girls, we grow up hearing about society's ideal female image, which is 100% unattainable and yet something we constantly strive for even knowing it's impossible to achieve.
Awhile back, Dove released an advertisement that I found powerful and moving. The ad featured a group of women who would describe to a sketch artist (who was unable to see them) how they perceived themselves. The drawings looked nothing like these women, as they dramatically accentuated features that the women were self-conscious about. Next, the women described each other to a sketch artist after briefly meeting. These drawings not only came out far more life-like, but also emphasized the beautiful features that each and every one of these women had. It was both wonderful and sad to see how a total stranger could see the beauty in someone that they couldn't even see in themselves.
I'm a beauty blogger, so obviously I love makeup. I love being able to use it to reflect my personality, or how I'm feeling on a given day. I love it for being able to "play dress up" and have fun with it. And yes, I love it for being able to cover up any blemishes or "flaws". But I think my favorite part of makeup is being able to accentuate features I like, and (hell, I'll just say it) feeling a bit more pretty. Don't get me wrong, I truly believe that beauty comes from within, and having the most "aesthetically pleasing" features doesn't mean a thing if you're an ass to the people around you. That being said, I know personally that makeup can make me feel a little more special, which in turn can help me feel a little more pretty.
As I write this, I feel massively uncomfortable calling myself "pretty". Society kind of trains girls to feel guilty for saying they're pretty, because than you get labeled as self-absorbed. But honestly, I think more girls could benefit from just saying they're pretty. Instead of looking in the mirror and picking out every flaw, look at yourself and say you look beautiful today. It sounds incredibly cheesy, but I think every girl is beautiful in their own way and they should embrace that. And just so I'm not a total hypocrite, I'm going to try and take a little of my own advice and start feeling a little more pretty as well.
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  1. This was such a moving post! I loved it. Your so right and I agree with everything you wrote. It's made me really think! Thank you xx

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    1. That means so much to me, I really appreciate you taking the time to read it! Thank you so much, you definitely made my day! :)

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