This has touched me in ways I cannot even explain. I was reminded by how much of my insecurities stem from insensitive remarks made by classmates, family members, friends and sometimes random strangers and how much I allowed my perspective to be changed because of them.
I see in these women how society's perceptions or standards of beauty shaped how they saw themselves. Sadly, it molded their self-image negatively, highlighting what may seem too small, too big, too long, too pronounced, instead of making them appreciate that these so-called flaws make up an incredible human being. I am so much like them that I could see how I am my worst critic instead of my greatest ally.
We need to change, to be more open, more loving and kinder to ourselves. Would you say to strangers what you tell yourself at your weakest hours?
Watch. And feel your heart strings get tugged.
The Belated Bloomer
PS: I'm not paid by Dove for this post. I just knew that I wasn't the only one who needs to wake up and change.