How many of you here can say that you like the way you look?
How many of you here can say that you like the way you look without makeup?
I would be shocked if more than 10% of those reading this would answer ‘me’ to both of those questions.
Body confidence. Self love. Being content in our skin. It’s something that everyone has dealt with at some point of their life. Or is dealing with now.
It’s funny really how we spend so much time thinking about our appearance, our weight and if our make-up is right. Actually no. It’s not funny at all. It’s absolute tragic. The emotional energy spent on such things. Yet, how can we NOT care?
We create diet plans, we go to the gym, we try to tone up, we stand in our underwear in front of the mirror, pulling at the skin on our stomachs. We have days where we want to cry while we prod the flab on our hips.
We push our too fat/too thin/too long/too round faces in the mirror and investigate our pores. They’re so big we could probably climb inside them and hide there forever.
We have spots and fine lines, our eyelashes are too thin and fuck, I need to wax my tash.
We put makeup on and smile, we get told to fake it until we make it and act care free, we strive to be confident like everybody else. We believe everyone else IS confident and are jealous.
We read magazines. We’re told to embrace our curves, we’re told to post pictures on Facebook with no makeup, be proud of ourselves. We’re told not to give a fuck. We turn the page and the next article is about how fat Christina Aguilera has become, photos and all.
We turn the page and the next article is how to lose 10lbs in 10 days. We turn the page and the next article is how to contour you face with makeup so it looks different.
We turn the page and the next article is how to love your fat, dumpy thighs.
Thin shaming. Fat shaming. Makeovers. Longer eyelashes. Extensions. Fake nails. Boob jobs. Eating disorders. Blame the media. Blame the parents. Girls have shit body image, blah blah blah.
There is no denying that focus on body images and confidence is EVERYWHERE. Focus on changing the way we are, the way we’re perceived and how we feel about ourselves is everywhere, but with so much conflicting information being constantly shoved in our faces, what the fuck are we supposed to think?
At the end of the day, when you take your makeup off and look in the mirror, do you like you?