I'm not a perfect person.. and I don't pretend to be. But that doesn't make me any better than you, or her. It just makes me confident and secure.
This picture on the left is straight out of bed this morning.
Insecurity 1: I've always struggled with my skin and dark under eyes.
The middle picture is an attempt to share the stretch marks on my hips.
Insecurity 2: Stretch marks on hips and bum
The far right is my profile, which I always avoid posting.
Insecurity 3: My large pointy nose
Somewhere society went a little sideways, and I think it has been for a really long time, It's just expanding into different perspectives of what perfect is. I'm guilty of scrolling through Instagram and wondering why I don't have the clear skin she does, or why I can't make my hair look like that, or how she got her butt so big and doesn't have any stretch marks. The answer, 9 times out of 10 is photoshop.
The free apps you can get to photoshop your pictures are tricking not only society but for that short time while you're getting a ton of "likes", they're tricking yourself. I have a theory that women especially are going to become even more self conscious and insecure about their bodies because they are seeing their imperfections every day, but showing the world a perfect person that doesn't exist. The desire to be that person you've created through an app is going to eat away at you.
What are we teaching the younger generation when we expand our butts to make them look 10X bigger. What are we saying when we make our eyes more blue and bright, or take that blemish tool across the entire surface of our skin?
We're adding to the idea of perfection. We are teaching the young girls that being who you are isn't enough.
Photoshop is portraying yourself as someone you're not.
We are sending a message to people that shouldn't be shared.
So today I decided to share my 3 biggest flaws. Because we all have them. Maybe sharing will help me feel more confident in the long run, maybe it wont. But let's not hide our flaws. Our flaws are what make us perfectly imperfect.
If you're reading this, and you agree, take a selfie for me. Don't swipe a filter over it, don't take out a blemish. Post that picture and share the link to my blog.
Because you are beautiful. You are enough. And you should help share with the rest of the world that they are too!