Being Pretty.

This is going to be a more serious type post, so I’m going to try and be sensitive and mature about it. It also might not apply to some of you, me being a teenage girl and all, but it might help some.

First of all, I’m not going to tell you that you shouldn’t wear make-up. I’m not going to tell you that spending hours on your hair is wrong. I’m not even going to tell you that I think it’s the media’s fault and that it’s the social standards that make us what we are. Because that would mean that I was lying and being hypocritical.

If you went into a job interview with messy hair and with no effort made towards your appearance, 9 times out of 10 you would not get hired, because that is not the image that that company is trying to portray. People like to see pretty people. People like to be pretty people. It makes you feel better, more confident, able to face the day feeling good about yourself. And that is a great thing. If you can do something to make yourself feel better and more confident, then why not?

However, that does not mean you have to do this. It is a choice that people make for themselves. If you are doing this on an everyday basis for somebody other than yourself, if your self-worth if decided by somebody other than you, then something is wrong.

We are all people, with our own imperfections and insecurities, and just because they’ve been airbrushed out of a celebrity’s photograph does not mean that they are not there. If everybody accepted that we are all in the same boat and that it is okay to have spots and red skin, which, by the way, it totally is, then the world would be a better place. But that’s not how it works.

Nevertheless, if you were to go out with no make-up on whatsoever and your hair up in a messy bun, I can bet that anybody who didn’t know you would think nothing of it. Because people who pass you on the street don’t know you enough to care and will soon forget. It’s you who looks for imperfections in the mirror and it’s you who judges yourself the most.
If you stop caring, then everyone else will too. They’ll get used to it. Change happens and people adapt. If you don’t want to wear make-up then don’t but if you do, then do. But do not let your appearance define you. Do not let being pretty rule your life, because, I can assure you, it does not matter in the long run.

So this is me. I have spots and eczema and red skin and frizzy hair and I’m not embarrassed. Because that is me, what I really look like and I’m okay with it. You’re probably picturing somebody completely “ugly”, but even the prettiest people look like that sometimes. All you need to do is be confident, be happy with yourself and be your own kind of pretty.

Have a great day.

Have a great day.


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