Last night my daughter attended a formal dance. Those girls all looked BEAUTIFUL. Behind those gorgeous photos were hours of prep – picking up flowers, doing makeup, hair, etc. As I was talking the stylist that did Sydney’s up-do, we were talking about how each one of the girls she styled that day pointed out their flaws. (It’s true, youth really is wasted on the young!) She got comments like, “My forehead is too high” and “I have a really big nose” or “I have a really square face”. I know part of that is the age, teenagers are insecure. I used to be one of them, so I get it.
However, it reinforces what we need to do as the women they look up to. We need to LOVE OURSELVES. Show our girls our imperfections are beautiful too. That we are CONFIDENT. They get their cues from US, my friends. We need to be the best role models we can be.
After all, true beauty comes from the inside out. It’s about knowing who you are. It’s not just ACCEPTING your flaws but EMBRACING them, and taking care of yourself because YOU ARE WORTH IT. Contrary to what you may think, our girls take so much more of their cues from us than the do their friends or the media. If you are not doing those things or feeling that way yourself, how can we expect the younger generation to do it? Before we empower them, we must empower OURSELVES.
Raising strong, confident women starts AT HOME.