TO THE WOMEN OF THIS WORLD,
I'm currently in the process of developing my social movement & hoping to establish a new 'beauty' revolution. I have spent the last 4 months definitively pulling apart just what our society defines as beautiful today. It's forever changing - one day it's about collarbones & the next it's about curves. I can't keep up. Although curves are are 'sexy', they are not the sole ingredient to what constitutes a 'real' woman. Beauty does NOT have a singular definition. I want to be one of women on the forefront redefining exactly what beauty is - I want to speak out and remind women it's ok to occasionally ENJOY a piece of caramel slice without feeling like the world is crumbling. I want to tell other women that they don't have to squat all day to get the behind of Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian to have any sex appeal to men.
Beauty is also balance. Living a balanced life that allows you to truly experience and appreciate not only the beauty within you, but all of the beauty that surrounds you. This aside - the true essence of beauty runs far deeper. To me - the most beautiful women are the ones that truly encompass a complete state of physical, mental and spiritual health. Not only is this reflected in them physically but it is reflected under the surface, spiritually. I'm so inspired by women who are just simply unapolgetically themselves.
Ok - I'm speaking up. I cannot stand that the phrase “real women” is being used to describe ladies who are larger or curvier. “Larger or curvier than whom?” you might ask? Exactly.
Phrases like this put us against one another, even if their original intent was positive. I know the idea that “real women have curves” is affirming for lots of girls who could really use that positive imagery – myself included – except it boils down to self-acceptance in the form of pointing fingers at other women and saying, “It’s your turn to feel bad...you’re so skinny you’re not even real.”
If we want to see real change in the way we’re portrayed in the media, we should stop diluting the strength of our message by calling each other “not beautiful” or “not real” for such shallow reasons. Our goal should be to see everyone represented in the public sphere. Every body type. All of us being celebrated as incarnations of an endlessly diverse human experience.
This is for ALL women to be celebrated, loved & appreciated for being simply them in their most authentic & happiest state of being. Women of all shapes, ages, generations, walks of life, race, culture - it's time for THESE women to be the poster girls of today. The poster girls for complete holistic health & feminine individuality.
"Are you ready to take a stand & stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others. This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the storyline that says you're too fat or too thin, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose is too big - just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world. You are imperfect permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful."