Defining Beauty

12 Sep

The stunning and curvy Sophia Loren once said, “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” Truly, self-confidence is the best accessory we put on in the morning and wear to bed at night. But today’s woman is under a constant bombardment of what constitutes beauty – who is hitting the mark and who is falling short and why?

Recall Beyoncé’s sexy and dynamic performance at the VMA’s, where a voiceover of a Chimanda Ngozi speech says, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller…” Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s glistening size-two backup dancers just spent the past 15 minutes undulating up and down poles sporting backsides reminiscent of a prepubescent boy track star – it’s no wonder today’s curvy girl is confused!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the larger societal issues and implications surrounding women and beauty. At the end of the day, though, we each have to define what makes us beautiful, and we don’t have to give up makeup, lingerie, and lacy underwear out of a misguided notion that beauty can’t be… well, feminine.

So what makes you feel beautiful? How do you transition from the work day to a more romantic setting? Do you slip into your new plus size lingerie while cooking up a quick and easy dinner of mac and cheese? Do you feel beautiful after a fresh trip to the salon? Are you more likely to break out that sassy corset or babydoll when you’re wearing red lipstick? Is it hearing your little one say, “I love you, Mommy”? Is it going to sleep knowing you are a good friend, daughter, wife, mother, or professional?

Whatever it is – nurture that which makes you feel beautiful – and have fun doing it!

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