I tell my girls over and over don’t believe what you see in videos, TV, or magazines. Don’t waste your energy trying to achieve the media’s concept of beauty. The image of beauty has become very warped and rarely what you see is real.
You may have already seen the video below, but if you are a woman and/or have daughters it is worth two minutes of your time. I love the illustration it provides.
As I stand in line, with my daughters, at Jewel, Target, or Gas Stations, I notice how their eyes drift and look over the magazine covers. I wonder what they’re thinking? I know what I used to think when I was little and was in awe of the women who graced the covers. I wondered how I measured up. Was my hair just as pretty, my smile just as nice, my eyes just as beautiful? And as far as my figure was I ever going to have it all?
It’s been documented that when a woman walks into a room one of the first things she does is look around. Why? She’s looking around at the other women in the room to see where she falls in the pecking order. It’s interesting, even if you watch little girls, adolescents, teenagers, you will see them glancing at each other, almost as if they are sizing up their “competition.”
All women desire to be beautiful and desired. As little girls we dress up like princess’, twirl around and long for daddy’s attention. We want to know that there is someone out there who loves us for who we are and just the way we are. We want a prince who will treat us as a beauty, who will always be willing to leap over the parapets, storm the castle, and rescue us. We want to know we are worth it.
And, you know what I tell my daughters, YOU ARE WORTH IT, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. Accept the beauty and perfection that God has given to you. Don’t try to change a thing. And, don’t EVER compare yourselves to other girls and/or women and wish you were more like them. You were created by the very God who created the Universe and you can’t improve on that. I make sure to tell them, that they do not need to work hard at trying to attain the world’s concept of beauty, because as the video shows, the world’s concept of beauty is unattainable.
I wish we would take a stand as women and accept who we are and how we’ve been made. I wish we would stop taking drastic measures in an attempt to be more beautiful. I hope for the sake of our daughters that we can have confidence in who are and stop trying to find our worth in a beauty that is fleeting. As Psalm 139:13-14 states, we were already perfectly and wonderfully created.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Let’s live this out, so our daughters can live as the confident women they were created to be!