OK, so I know this a jewelry blog, but once in a while I get a bee in my bonnet about general image issues. Being in the image industry, I’m constantly bombarded with the “perfect” body and how we’re supposed to attain its unrealistic goals. Trust me, this has been a personal struggle for me my entire life, and I’m god-damned sick of it!
I think that we’re all beautiful, no matter what shape, size, color, whatever. We need to feel confident, and present our best selves to the world. Express who you are, what you stand for, and don’t hide in the shadows. I encourage my clients to dress for the body they have TODAY…I don’t want to hear about waiting to buy something until they lose the next 10 pounds. And yes, jewelry is a FAB way to express yourself and really show the world that you’re making an effort. What’s your jewelry signature?? Make that effort! Jewelry knows no size, and it’s the perfect way to get your personal message across. I think this photo by “A taste of social media” really sums it up. It hit home with me. Hope it gives you some food for thought.
I was recently on Facebook (yes, it’s a guilty pleasure) and came across this photo form Positive Outlook’s page:
While this doesn’t directly have anything to do with jewelry, I really feel I had to share and comment upon it. I’ve written many times about how important it is to get to know your personal style, which includes your jewelry signature, and stay true to that. While it may be challenging not to be swayed by the latest fashion magazine, hot actress or even your teenage daughter, I urge you to try.
True beauty comes in getting to know yourself, loving yourself, respecting yourself, and feeling comfortable sharing your wonderful self through your words, thoughts, and actions. It doesn’t matter what the scale says, where you bought your handbag or how much you have in your savings account. Those things don’t make you beautiful. Being an authentic person, open to life and all it has to offer is true beauty.
So next time you look in the mirror, remember what this photo says, “Warning: reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of beauty.” If that little voice in your head starts criticizing what it’s seeing, realize that it’s dead wrong and tell it to just shut up. Look again with clear eyes and see the beauty that stands before you.