How do you define beauty? When you think of a ‘beautiful person’ what is it that comes to your mind? A famous movie star? A beautiful foreign model? Your best friend? Yourself? I bet you rarely think of yourself when someone asks you to describe something beautiful, and that’s just a damn shame. Now, to be frank, I am not one to go around yelling about how beautiful I am. It’s just not in the cards, but as I get older, I have begun to care less and less what others see me as and more and more about how I see myself.
I wish I could have had the perspective on beauty and self image I do now when I was in high school. Being a high school student is just so rough in general. Everyone is so awkward and desperate and questioning. It’s just so hard, and I wish that I would have known that I was beautiful back then. Instead, I was totally convinced I was fat and ugly. AND OMG I WEIGHED LIKE 20 LBS LESS IN HIGH SCHOOL THAN I DO NOW! Ugh, I wish I could go back and be like, “Girl, you got it going on.” Or I wish someone would have sat me down and told me that I was all that.
Thankfully, the people over at Dove have been going at it with their “Beauty Is” campaign. In the video below, they asked a group of high school girls to take selfies and then have their mothers take selfies (their mothers who also have their own insecurities about their looks (because let’s be real, it never fully goes away)), and then the selfies were put up in a gallery where spectators went around and complimented them on their smiles, hair, and skin that all these young women thought were the reason they couldn’t be beautiful. It’s a really wonderful video and will definitely change your perspective on the art of “taking a selfie.” Check out the full film below!