Why I #ChooseBeautiful

This is a post I have wanted to write for some time now and after seeing the recent Dove ad (they get me every time) I thought it was the perfect chance for me to inject my opinion. Now i'm not saying that I am one hundred per cent body confident, one hundred per cent of the time but as I have grown up, I have learnt to love my body and see beauty in my features.

I have, what some might describe as, a 'perfect body'. I have a small waist, curvy hips and fairly average boobs. I don't need excessive amounts of product in my hair to make it look nice in the morning and my face is fairly striking without having to mask it in make-up. These are things that I can state now and feel fairly happy that you would agree; although it hasn't always been that way. As human beings we have a tendency to spot out the bad over the good and growing up, I struggled with my personal style and never really felt 'pretty'. My shape has always been quite curvy, I have a tiny 23" waist however this in return makes my size 6/8 hips look loads bigger (even though I know that they're not), this is something which often makes me feel nervous in fitted clothes.

I'm not going to get into the body shaming debate too much here because it has all been said already, but I really hate, hate, hate the 'real' women tag. Big or small we are all 'real' women and it is deeply degrading to label one shape as being more real than another. Every women has beauty and we need to stop labeling ourselves and others and simply accept that part of our beauty is the fact that none of us are the same.

The reason I was so touched by the recent Dove campaign, was because it made me realise that we are all guilty of labeling ourselves, we are after all our own biggest critic. Seeing young girls walk through the average door was upsetting because that is the age where you begin to find yourself and your style. Some people are simply scared to choose the beautiful door because they're worried what other people might think. I say embrace it. In the video, the women who did walk through the beautiful door held their heads up high and smiled.

I am often told that I look like my mum at my age and when I hear that it makes me feel beautiful because my mum is beautiful. Growing up, she always had a Jane Birkin kind of natural beauty and has never relied on makeup or products in her hair. When people tell me I look like my mum I say "Thank you".
Above: Rebekka Werren Photography
So why do I #ChooseBeautiful? Because life itself is a beautiful creation and I am a part of that. We're like snowflakes, each unique and beautiful in our own way. Beauty is more than what is on the outside, its what you find hidden inside too. I am a combination of my mum and my dad who are two of the most beautiful people I have ever met - inside and out. Their creativity, kindness, and kind nature add to their beauty and in return have become traits of my personality from the way they bought me up. I look at the aspects of myself which I love and I accept myself as a whole; a human being, who lives, eats and breaths a happy life. After all, no one can make you feel more beautiful than yourself.

Do you #ChooseBeautiful? I'd love to know your thoughts, and in case you haven't seen  it yet, here is a link to the new Dove campaign: Dove: Choose Beautiful

4 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this, gorgeous blog too! x

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    1. Thank you so much Primrose Bigwood. I checked out your blog too and it's lovely x

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  2. Your blog is looking wonderfully beautiful lovely!! Really loving the illustration at the top, great job! xx

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