Growing up in Western culture you are made to feel insecure if you are not within the narrow limites of the beauty myth - basically this means you should be a size 0 White female, with blond hair, blues eyes, a commercial smile, with not a lot to say. Our society sexualizes girls and promotes video dancers, pole dancers, and porn "stars". To grow up with all of these messages and still come away with a seed of self confidence and self esteem is amazing. I find it beautiful when people love the skin they are in. It is beautiful to celebrate brown skin, full figure, curly/kinky hair, loud laughter, and a unique style. Refusing to fit into boxes and categories and labels is beautiful. Thinking critically and being unafraid to ask the hard questions is beautiful. Loving who you were born to be is amazingly beautiful and unfortunately much too rare. We get so caught up spending time and money on make-overs while are insides are suffering from not feeling good enough. The most beautiful, sexy, attractive person is one who has the courage to see the beauty within themselves and the grace to see it in others as well. As my grandmother used to say, "God made me and God don't make no junk."
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