A Friendly Reminder That It’s Okay Not To Be Pretty

This article can also be found at Degree180.

I want to take the time to remind you that you don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not your mom, not your boss, not your friends, not your grandma.

As Western-world women, we are brought up with the off-colored sentiment that we can do whatever we want in life, as long as we simultaneously strive to be pretty. We’re constantly being bombarded with images of flawless Victoria’s Secret models and ads for products that will improve our appearance, because we’re never really good enough. We’re subliminally told that our value lies in how attractive we are, not in our accomplishments.

By and large, the highest compliment you can give a woman today seems to be “you look really pretty”, but maybe we ought to work to replace the emphasis on attractiveness with more meaningful thoughts like, “you’re such a kind” or “an intelligent person”.

Being pretty is nice, but it’s not everything and it most certainly should not define who we are, or how we feel about ourselves.

Beauty is within. Remember that.

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