Love Every Body (Especially Your Own!)


Everyone has a part of their body they don’t like or wish they could change. Or atleast they used to. (I’ve come a long way) I don’t consider myself ‘classically beautiful’ and it took me a while to accept that. I’m my own kind of beautiful. No one else looks like me and I can proudly say I’m uniquely pretty.

Beauty Mark

I have a beauty mark (no, it’s not a mole) on my left cheek. Around the age of 10 I cried about constantly. I wanted it gone. No one else I knew (in my small hometown) had one. It was big brown bump on my face that I’ve had for as long as I can remember. Kids would make comments about it, tease me and ask if it was poop.

Before we had the Internet to research a procedure to have it removed it I wanted to scrape it off or burn it off, anything to make me look ‘normal.’

My parents have always projected body positivity onto my siblings and I. No one in my family looks like a supermodel and we still love each other just the same. My mom showed me pictures of Marilyn Monroe and other people who drew fake beauty marks on their faces, it was considered a sign of beauty if a celebrity drew one on. Cindy Crawford, Madonna and even Christina Aguilera were relevant representations to me of women in the media that embraced the look. It helped me deal with what I thought I hated, and made me feel like I was born with something special.

It is so important for young girls (and boys) to see people in the media that they can relate to. Whether it’s body size, race, health or mental issues. People in the spotlight need to represent a relevant demographic from every walk of life.

Be yourself. Be happy.


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21 thoughts on “Love Every Body (Especially Your Own!)

  • Ashley L

    Good for your mom for helping you find women you could relate to and who were able to help you see that beauty comes in many forms. It is important that we recognize that we are all beautiful in our own way.

  • Maria Jose @verybusymama

    I’m right there with you! This is in NO way the same, but I had super thick, bushy brows and I wanted to pluck them all away. Thankfully I didn’t but my mother helped me see that it was beautiful (I was a 90’s teen and the pencil thin brows were all the rage)

  • Cody Lowery

    I’m glad that your parents were so helpful and reassured you that you are beautiful! I struggle with all the weight I’ve gained hte past few years but I htink it’s important to love ourselves no matter what we look like in every stage of our lives.

  • Heather @ The Nerdy Fox

    So, I baby sit this girl that is around my daughters age. She’s almost 8. The little girl asked me the other day what I did to stay thin. She said she needs to be on a diet – this little girl is a stick. She doesn’t need to be on a diet. She isn’t fat… and she’s only 8 or 9! How insane is that? It makes me sad that she’s either in an environment at home that is giving her these thoughts or she’s getting it from the media. It makes me so mad!

  • Allie

    Wow. Such a thought provoking post. I, too, have a makeup blog, but I shy away from the very serious posts because of how hard they can be to write. I think that makeup can begin to look so uniform sometimes because we all learn the same tips and tricks. Your beauty mark is so uniquely you, that your makeup will never look identical to others!

    Allie
    TheBackAllieWay.com

  • Stacey Valle

    good post!

    Honestly, I’m still learning to love my own body and whatever flaws I have. Today society, the media really emphasizes so much on what is actually beautiful – but i’m gladd that there are so many people are trying to change that. For example, I don’t know if you heard about it, but there is a girl with down’s symdrome – she became a model. she wants to change how many of us percieve beauty.

  • Jaime

    YES, thank you! I have a daughter and I’m terrified thinking of all the social pressure there is to look like everyone else. I have to start now to let her know that she’s beautiful just the way she is.

  • Colleen Cadiz

    Lovely post =) And I LOVE your beauty mark! It makes you unique in your own way. Kids and teens can be cruel sometimes, mostly because they don’t know any better. Yet I always find it remarkable how once children become adults and start learning who they are, it somehow seems to flip around. The very things that marked us (as kids) as different in a bad way become all the more beautiful as adults. Hopefully I can instill positive body image within my own daughter’s life as she grows up, too. xoxo