When Beauty is a Beast
By Kristie Kennedy
An estimated 160 billion dollars a year is spent on cosmetic enhancement products. The stark reality is that we are investing more in vanity than education. Societal pressures to obtain an elusive and ever changing fabricated concept of beauty only exacerbates underlying self esteem issues in women.
After conducting extensive research, I have found that we have a unique commonality that connects us and beauty is the bond. This pervasive desire to be beautiful and accepted by others has spanned across ancient generations. Desiring to be beautiful in and of itself is honorable but when that yearning becomes an obsession we have to scale back the curtains of fallacy in order to embrace the truth above trends.
The Silent Struggle...
I remember discovering a used journal at Allison's boutique a few years ago and as I read the words of an anonymous woman, I immediately realized we all must combat beastly lies that lurk in the corner of our minds. She penned, “I have been told I am fat, overweight, you need to lose weight, don't eat that, that is enough, if you would exercise you wouldn't be so fat. I don't think mom ever told me I was pretty. When I was in the 7th grade I wanted to submit a picture in Seventeen magazine for a contest. I remember asking mom why I couldn't submit it in the contest and why was Carrie allowed to compete? She replied, "Because you are not pretty like she is." It seems all my life I have tried to please my mom and nothing works for very long. I have tried to lose weight. It just seems my best is never good enough."
It is no secret that internal perception has tremendous potential to affect the confidence level in any woman. As we burst forth into a brand new year on eagles’ wings, the question requiring a definitive answer is, "How will you redefine what it means to be beautiful in your own skin?"
Affirmations of What True Beauty Means in 2013
As I seek to personally evolve into a more sophisticated version of myself. I am committed to sharpening my mind on a daily basis. I am boldly declaring brilliance is the new bad. I embrace my intelligence, ingenuity and inventive nature simultaneously.
I choose to celebrate every curve and corner of my body. It is the vehicle that transports me from good to great. We are one and I love the joy it brings expressed throughout each part of me.
The vibrancy of my skin is directly impacted by hormonal changes, dietary intake and physical activities. I choose to honor it by establishing and cultivating a healthy lifestyle. I was created not to be dim and dull but to radiantly shine bright.
I appreciate every strand of hair on my head which is a beautiful reflection of divine glory. There is no authentic purpose in concealing it under a synthetic, Indian or lace front cover.
In the words of Eleanor D. Roosevelt, always remember that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. There is no need to look for hope in a jar, when true beauty dwells within wherever you are.
Judge me on the content of my character not the smoothness of my skin, length of my hair
or the proportions and structure of my build.
Judge me on my commitment to excellence, tenacious perseverance and a will that refuses to bend
when motivated by the goal to WIN! Judge me on my drive to succeed and thrive,
don't base your perceptions on my bank account size.
Judge me on my ability to give more when all I have is less when my soul is barren, sharing becomes my wealth.
Judge me through the eyes of grace when you feel inclined to judge rather than provide a picture perfect example of acceptance and love.
Kristie Kennedy is a visionary leader, who serves as a women's beauty, business, brilliance and body image empowerment speaker that operates in a multiplicity of gifts with a passion for inspiring individuals to live magnificently in the face of adversity. www.kristiekennedy.com