Have you seen this? It showed up at least 7 times in my facebook feed yesterday. Check it out
Dove's Real Beauty Sketches
Seriously, check it out. Sorry I don't know how to embed videos. Someday I'll learn.
A retired FBI sketch artist drew women, without seeing them himself, as they described themselves. After being drawn, the women were told to get to know a person assigned to them - a stranger. Then the stranger went in and described the women they talked to.
Without fail, the women described themselves much more harshly than the strangers saw them. In most cases, the differences were huge.
We are taught to be so critical of our appearances. By companies who benefit from our insecurities. Who see us as nothing but a statistic, a faceless person who can provide them with money.
Do they realize what they do to us? I like to think that they don't. But I don't know.
You, dear reader, are more beautiful than you think. Those flaws you think are so apparent that surely everyone sees? They don't. If they do see them, they don't focus on them or care nearly as much about your imperfections as you think.
How much better would we view ourselves if we could see ourselves the way strangers do?
I have a pretty positive view of myself, but I often wonder how much better it would be if I could see myself as others do.
Cut yourself some slack. Everyone else does.
You ARE more beautiful than you think.
Another great resource for defying the beauty standards of the day? Beauty Redefined. Check it!