Hey You, Here’s Something The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know: You’re Beautiful!

Living in a city like Los Angeles, it is easy to walk around anywhere, see so many dolled up beautiful women and instantly feel inferior. Working in the entertainment industry only exacerbates that. There have been many times I have prepared for an audition with hair, makeup, outfit, and script memorized thinking “I have SO got this job in the bag!” The minute I walk into the casting director’s waiting room and take a look at all the other hopefuls and auditionees, all that confidence crumbles in an instant because I don’t look like her, am not dressed like her, and AM not her.

It got to a point where I was constantly comparing myself to others. It became a disease. I got sucked into the hype and lost track of reality. I forgot to count my blessings and be thankful for what I had accomplished and veered off my journey a little bit. Starting this website was part of what helped me get my focus back. I realized I am not alone. I am not the only woman out there who wakes up every day, looks in the mirror at my butt, the size of my chest, the blotches on my skin, the bags under my eyes and wishes I could trade what I have for somebody else’s.

Years ago I was part of a shoot for Dolly Magazine in Australia dedicated to “True Beauty”. My contribution was heartfelt, but I didn’t necessarily live it out. (Yes, this is me with Glee hottie Dean Geyer in 2007)

Well, I am vowing today to make a change, and I invite you to stand up for yourself with me!

I saw this video shared on youtube, posted back in September by photographer author and speaker Karen Walrond. She is a big advocate of women embracing their beauty and is a regularly called upon guest on CNN, Oprah Winfrey Network etc. Her message is simple: we should be celebrating our differences and uniqueness because this is actually the secret to our empowerment as individuals! Wow, I have never thought about it that, way, but come to think of it, she is so right.

And while I don’t want to place all the blame on mainstream media, there is definitely an undercurrent of subliminal messages saying they don’t want us to love who we are. After all, if we were all confident, happy, satisfied women, we wouldn’t be spending money on clothes, products, procedures, etc.

As a person who works within the entertainment and fashion industry I feel I have a duty to be one of those who is willing to stand out and point girls in a healthy direction. I want to thank Karen for creating this powerful video as a reminder for us. She took a series of portraits of every day women capturing their natural state of happiness, and paired it with 10 essential lessons to help us learn and understand why we are beautiful:

 

Karen wants people around the world to see that their ordinary lives are, in fact, extraordinary. Her belief is that every person on the planet is uncommonly beautiful and her mission is to convince you of this fact. We love and thank you for this awesome life lesson!

After watching this video, are you willing to change your thinking about what true beauty is? Do you consider yourself beautiful? Why or why not?

 

 

One Comment

  1. Wonderful post, Asha! Those insecurities hit everyone of ANY age, at 53 years old I find myself with almost 35 unwanted pounds, graying hair and body parts that are sagging into areas never seen before, lol! When I come down to work in LA I find myself wanting to hide and not meet people, not be photographed, just melt into the background. A far cry from when I was working at NBC in the 1980’s and couldn’t WAIT to get out and be seen. The world today puts WAY too much emphasis on the physical and not on what really matters. We need to remember that light from the INSIDE is the one that counts, not the false light that permeates so much of our lives today.

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