Don’t change your body to fit into clothes; get clothes that fit your body. It baffles me when people think that the only way to look and feel good is to resort to extreme metamorphosis. It’s one thing to exercise and eat healthy, but it is a whole other thing to get liposuction and develop eating disorders. Whatever happened to going Au Naturale? Why can’t people just accept themselves exactly as they are and just live life how they want it to be lived?
It’s time to face the cold hard truth—looks do matter. No matter how you look at it or no matter how you spin it, looks will always be one of those things that people care about. There are multi-billion dollar industries that are a testament to that. But just because looks matter, it doesn’t mean that society’s prevailing idea of beauty is what you should strive for. The pursuit of other people’s idea of beauty should not rule your life.
There are a lot of companies out there that capitalize on providing society’s idea of beauty to whomever can afford it. Technology is developing so rapidly that there is a quick fix for just about anything you can think of. You can change everything from your eye color to the shape of your butt. There are even shots for weight loss. That’s right, one shot can make you lose weight. With just a few risky procedures, you can become the next Kardashian. But why would you want to do that? There are, of course, horrible side effects to all of these procedures but a lot of people still go for these image altering methods—all in the name of “beauty”.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not judging those who get themselves done. I am a big supporter of people’s choices for themselves. As long as this is a decision they made for themselves, no one else. I also hope that people do their due diligence before getting into anything and to not take things too far. Personally, I don’t even put on make up every single day. I go out in public in my pyjamas and slippers. I eat whatever I want and how much I want. If people judge me for it, so be it. I love the way I look. I think I’m beautiful even in my pyjamas and messy hair.
What do you think is beautiful? Your opinion to this question is the only thing that matters. Everyone will have different, even contradicting, opinions on what they think is beautiful. There are so many different answers to this question, but the one thing they have in common is that there is at least one person in this world that finds it beautiful. You should be that person for yourself. Strive for what you think is beautiful.
As selfish and conceited as it may sound, if you think you are beautiful, then you most definitely are. Never mind those voices that say that you’re too fat or too short or not pretty enough. Those voices don’t matter. The only opinion that matters is your opinion on yourself. Be proud of your kind of beautiful.
Photography by Janus Novio
Hair and Make up by Hennessy Del Rosario