You Are Beautiful: How To Embrace Your Natural Self Today
Last updated on : February 21 2023
Today's unattainable and unreal perceptions of beauty can damage our self-esteem, leading us to forget that natural beauty lies within. The truth is that nothing beats a confident attitude and a woman who has high self-esteem.
So in the next year, let's resolve to stay away from these social media-driven ideas of beauty and instead focus on embracing ourselves for who we are—and being beautiful in the real sense of the word.
Read what celebs have to say about true beauty. Then, learn how to embrace the beauty we all have within us and being our true selves.
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Almost every visual today, whether it's for a deodorant or a motorbike, features a woman that has a figure to die for, the perfect hair and makeup, and clothes that accentuate her features.
We've all been guilty wishing for similar vital statistics and sexy outfits. But take a moment to think – is this really what being ‘beautiful’ means?
The fact is these unattainable and unreal perceptions of beauty can damage our self-esteem, and we often forget that real beauty lies within. What’s worse is that most of these stunningly gorgeous images that you see of women doing the rounds on social media are photo-shopped.
The truth is that nothing beats a confident attitude and a woman who has high self-esteem.
So in the next year, let’s resolve to stay away from these social media-driven ideas of beauty and instead focus on embracing ourselves for who we are. And being beautiful in the real sense of the word.
Beauty in the Eyes of Celebs
When it comes to true beauty, celebrities have a lot to say. Many public figures have spoken out about the damaging effects of society's unrealistic beauty standards and emphasized the importance of embracing natural beauty.
Celebrities like Zendaya, Jameela Jamil, and Lizzo have all used their platforms to promote body positivity and self-love.
Here are some seriously inspiring quotes that help you build your self-esteem. They'll help you re-establish your belief in beauty and that it is far more than skin-deep - literally.
If there is one celeb who has got the idea right, it is Ellen DeGeneres. It's easy to be inspired by Ellen; she is always full of energy and style. When asked to describe beauty she explains, “Beauty is about being comfortable in your skin. It's about knowing and accepting who you are.”
Are you accepting every freckle and scar? Do you love your body and take care of it?
The ultimate sex siren herself, Marilyn Monroe, shines light into our hearts explaining, “To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly.”
Isn’t it fascinating how her exact words ring so true even after so many years?
“I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human being who’s not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.”
These are the words of Emma Watson, a celebrity who has impressed us all with not only her acting skills but also her other work at such a young age. She is the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador - talk about inspiring youth icons.
As her fashion-conscious character of Rachel in the TV series ‘Friends,’ Jennifer Aniston, became the role model of many a woman.
Her hairstyle from that time was one of the most copied styles in the world. But again, Rachel Greene was a fictional character on TV.
Real life beauty is not just embodied by a woman who looks perfect at any point in time throughout the day. Even Aniston acknowledges it. Here’s what she thinks, “You’re damned if you’re too thin and you’re damned if you’re too heavy… It’s impossible to satisfy everyone, and I suggest we stop trying.’
Now that is an inspirational attitude.
How can we be talking about celebs and standards of beauty today, and not mention Kim Kardashian? Well, you may love her or hate her, but the one thing women need to learn from her is her complete acceptance of her body.
Kim shares, “Embrace your curves and be who you are. I feel proud if young girls look up to me and say, ‘I’m curvy, and I’m proud of it now’”.
Here is what one of the world’s greatest tennis players has to say about loving yourself, “I want women to know that it’s okay. That you can be whatever size you are and you can be beautiful inside and out. Don't be told what’s beautiful and what’s not; it's not right.”
Being in the constant spotlight is never easy. We learn and get inspired by these beautiful celebrities of various sizes, backgrounds, accomplishments, and body types. Loving who you are and being comfortable in your skin is the only true and real beauty.
Breaking Free from Social Media-Driven Beauty Ideals
Social media can have a powerful influence on our perceptions of beauty and self-worth. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok are often filled with edited and curated images of "perfect" bodies and faces.
These images can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem as we compare ourselves to these idealized standards.
To break free from social media-driven beauty ideals, we need to understand the negative impact that these platforms have on our mental health. Research has shown that exposure to images of "perfect" bodies can lead to increased body dissatisfaction and a greater risk of developing eating disorders.
One way to limit exposure to harmful beauty ideals on social media is to be mindful of the content that we consume. Unfollowing accounts promoting unrealistic beauty standards and seeking body-positive and inclusive content can be an excellent place to start.
It's also important to remember that many images we see on social media are heavily edited and not representative of real life.
Instead of seeking external validation through social media, we can focus on personal growth and self-improvement. This focus can involve practicing self-care, setting realistic goals, and working on building self-confidence.
By prioritizing our well-being and embracing our natural beauty, we can break free from the damaging influence of social media-driven beauty ideals and create a more positive and empowering relationship with our bodies.
Read more: How Social Media May Affect Your Future
How to Embrace Your Beauty
According to many Hollywood actresses, models, and sportswomen, beauty lies in much more than your body type and the makeup you wear.
While we are not suggesting that you live in your pajamas from now on, do not fall into the trap of believing that beauty is about your dress size, hairstyle, or your facial shape.
Instead of trying to look within society-dictated beauty standards, strive to be confident and accept the way you are.
If you do decide that losing weight is your goal, do so to be more healthy. If you are determined to get more work done, do so because you want to learn to be more self-disciplined.
Making positive changes should be more about changing your lifestyle for the better. Rather than working to meet a societal goal or demand.
Confused? Get started with these steps, in addition to developing a confidence-boosting morning routine.
Try new things
Aim to experiment and try all those things that you were either scared of doing or did not do because of “what others might think.” Whether it is bungee jumping or merely dining out all by yourself, go ahead and do it.
The thrill and sense of achievement that comes from trying new things will do wonders for your confidence. Vincent Van Gogh shares, “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will silence itself.”
Visualize the right things
As women, we are continually imagining and visualizing, right? So why not use this power to feel good about yourself?
Create a vision of yourself as a confident, self-reliant person who has nothing to fear. Put on some relaxing music, close your eyes, and try to see things through the vision of such a person.
You are what you think. Resolve to do this for 10 minutes every day, and you will notice the change very soon.
Be your hero
Let’s get to the point - none of us are princesses here, so why wait for Prince Charming to fix the bulb or carry the groceries?
Being beautiful is not about playing the damsel in distress (no matter what media or even fairy tales made us believe). So take charge and get stuff done without having to rely on anyone.
After all, there is entirely no reason why you cannot do things yourself. It's the biggest confidence booster of all, so make a note to start practicing this.
Breathe and relax
As women, we get so caught up in a frenzy to be perfect at everything and often end up making a mess of things. Failing to be perfect reinforces our feeling of helplessness and brings down our self-esteem.
Instead, take time to relax and think about how good you have been at things, and your accomplishments in the past year.
The ability to relax is essential for all of us, so do not let yourself get stressed out over how you think you are failing. You are human, after all. Learn to focus on the positives instead and take any setbacks in your stride.
Steer clear of comparisons
Comparing yourself to others is always a bad idea. Instead, be inspired by them to achieve your goals.
That friend on social media may seem like she is the epitome of perfection, but then do you ever really know the truth? Do not judge your life by what others’ look like on social media, at the office, or elsewhere.
Believe in yourself and set your sights on the goals you have set for yourself. As Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Have you been thinking about posting your pictures from that memorable vacation on social media? Have you not done it yet because you feel like you do not look good enough or your friends look better than you? That is what you need to overcome.
Start Being Your True Self Today
In a society that often emphasizes external beauty over inner qualities, it can be easy to forget that true beauty lies within. The damaging effects of unrealistic beauty standards perpetuated by the media and social media can negatively impact our mental health, self-esteem, and body image.
However, by embracing natural beauty and building self-confidence, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and accepting society. As we move forward, try to stay away from social media-driven beauty ideals and instead focus on being beautiful in the real sense of the word.
Remember, nothing beats a confident attitude and a person who has high self-esteem. By embracing our natural selves and rejecting harmful beauty ideals, we can all work towards becoming the best version of ourselves and create a more accepting and inclusive society.
If you wish to attain an excellent figure, do it because you want to get healthy, not because you want to fit into social media's perception of beauty. Go ahead and start working on new, true-to-life changes, and we promise you will love yourself more than you ever did.
It is like author Steve Maraboli says, "Embracing your true self radiates a natural beauty that cannot be diluted or ignored. Confident, powerful, untamable, badass you!"
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the questions most frequently asked by our readers.
1. What is true beauty?
True beauty is about embracing your unique qualities and being confident in who you are. It's about recognizing the beauty within yourself and others and rejecting harmful beauty ideals perpetuated by society and the media.
2. How can social media impact body image and self-esteem?
Social media can powerfully influence our perceptions of beauty and self-worth. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok often have edited and curated images of "perfect" bodies and faces. Images like these can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem as we compare ourselves to these idealized standards.
3. What are some ways to break free from social media-driven beauty ideals?
One way to limit exposure to harmful beauty ideals on social media is to be mindful of the content that we consume. Unfollowing accounts promoting unrealistic beauty standards and seeking body-positive and inclusive content is an excellent place to start. It's also important to remember that many images we see on social media are heavily edited and not representative of real life.
4. Why is it important to focus on personal growth and self-improvement?
By prioritizing our well-being and embracing our natural beauty, we can break free from the damaging influence of social media-driven beauty ideals and create a more positive and empowering relationship with our bodies. Focusing on personal growth and self-improvement involves practicing self-care, setting realistic goals, and building self-confidence.
5. How can I embrace my natural beauty?
Embracing natural beauty involves recognizing and celebrating the unique qualities that make you who you are. Steps may include practicing self-care, setting realistic goals, and building self-confidence. It can also involve letting go of harmful beauty ideals and embracing your body as it is.
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