There is a problem that I have noticed, and I’m sure that some of you have as well, the media shows pictures of women who don’t exist. In fact, there is not a single woman on the cover of a magazine who is real. They are all altered in some way. They are often pulled apart and put back together using the “perfect” parts of another women. All of these “perfect” parts create a perfect women for the cover of these magazines. This is a big problem for young girls, because they see these images and think “I want to look like her.” But those women don’t exist. Then we tell the girls you are pretty the way that you are…as long as you do these lists of things that society has deemed pretty according to these magazines… you should be happy and not care what others think… as long as you do these things.
I actually hear quite often people say to me “You would be prettier if…”
You had long hair.
You wore makeup.
You didn’t have tattoos.
You wore more dresses.
You dressed in preppy outfits.
You got your nails done.
You visited a tanning booth.
You weren’t so skinny.
When I hear these things it makes me sad, but not for the reason you think. It makes me sad because they missed an entire list of things that make me pretty.
What makes me pretty is…
I embrace my natural beauty.
I am a country girl.
I have a fun-loving personality.
I have my own confidence.
I am independent.
I like to make people laugh.
I like to make people feel good about themselves.
I accept people for who they are.
I ride horses, quads, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles.
I smile, often.
What makes me pretty is my own definition. I do not take anyone else’s definition of what would make me pretty. If I did, I would never be pretty, because there are way too many definitions to keep track of. I don’t concentrate on outer appearances. I embrace what makes me me, and it is through embracing all of these things that I can truly be pretty.