Saturday, March 5, 2016

Celebrate what you got!

Ebony magazine cover featuring Gabi Fresh, Jazmine Sullivan, Danielle Brooks, and Chrisette Michelle
 
     Body image and self esteem are definitely topics that will be in my upcoming book.  In the age where social media is so prevalent, because our phones are always attached to our hands, battling the ideal body image may be even harder than it was when I was in high school.  Not only do we have the constant image of celebrities and models, but now we have the beautiful girl next door and the ugly duckling, turned swan, posted on our news feeds to see everyday.  However, that shouldn't matter, just like trying to keep up with what the jones' are buying, shouldn't be our goal.

Ashley Graham, plus size model
on cover of Spots Illustrated
    We were uniquely designed and created just as we should have been.  Who is to say that your "Jackson five nostrils" aren't beautiful?  Well, you can.  And only you.  If you have the desire and the means to make a change, then by all means, go ahead.  Just make sure you're not doing it to conform to some type of image that society deems to be perfect.  Because, society changes like the wind.  Like they say on "Project Runway", "with fashion, one day you're in and the next day you're out".

    Today your features may not be desirable, but what about tomorrow or next year?  When your
features are finally celebrated on the cover of a magazine be sure to acknowledge it.  Write it down, take a picture, or do something!  Hold it tight for those days when you think what you have is not enough!!


    Do you think social media plays a role in how we view our bodies?  How far should we go with making alterations to our bodies, if any?