Friday, December 9, 2011
Fabulous YOU Friday
Today I’d like you to exercise your tender eyes and take a good, long look at how wonderful and beautiful you are right this very minute. You see, I’m so tired of all the hype and smoke and mirrors of the media regarding women and image. Commercials for mascara that promise you the same look as the models who are wearing about three pair of false eyelashes; housewives of “pick a rich city” with million$ who have people come in to do their hair and makeup before they ever step out the door; women with long, luxurious locks that are nothing more than fake extensions/pieces. I recently heard an interview with a famous singer/performer who said she wears Spanx and four pair (yes, four) of control top panty hose before she ever squeezes into her “almost” outfit and goes out on stage.
One website I researched said that the average American woman is 5’4” tall and 140 pounds, while the average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds. By the way, most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women. And let’s not forget that most of the print ads are airbrushed! On the website www.media-awareness.ca, when discussing unattainable beauty, it was written: “Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that media images of female beauty are unattainable for all but a very small number of women. Researchers generating a computer model of a woman with Barbie-doll proportions, for example, found that her back would be too weak to support the weight of her upper body, and her body would be too narrow to contain more than half a liver and a few centimeters of bowel. A real woman built that way would suffer from chronic diarrhea and eventually die from malnutrition.” http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/issues/stereotyping/women_and_girls/women_beauty.cfm
I believe in being the best you can be – at any age or size. Be healthy first and foremost. If you are working out and seeking to drop some weight to be at your best health, that’s great. But be sure right now to take good care of yourself and each day walk out of the house feeling beautiful. One of the things I encourage every woman to do is wear pretty undergarments – there’s something delicious and wonderful about knowing you look pretty darn hot under those clothes! Do it for you.
More importantly, are you beautiful from the inside out? How’s your attitude? Are you loving and kind? Are you fun? Do you make others feel special? Do the words that spill forth from those glossified lips drip honey or venom? There’s no cosmetic in the world that paint on the kind of loveliness that radiates from a beautiful heart and soul.
Remember always, wild woman, that there is no one else on earth quite like you – you are a one of a kind treasure. Please always see that amazing creature looking back from your mirror. And if you're going to a holiday celebration this weekend, knock 'em dead, girlfriend!!!
Blessings, and a wonderful weekend!