Body Confidence & Self Love

 
Loving yourself and the body you're in takes time. It's not a way of thinking that you can adopt overnight, it takes a lot of practice. We are constantly hounded with images in magazines, on television and even on social media that represent the way that we, as women, "should look". These images will often feature white women with long blonde or brown hair with a thin frame and toned body. Pitching the concept of  this 'ideal' beauty standard to the world can make people who don't have these features feel like failures and often strive to perfect themselves. Rather than the message the media currently portrays about 'ideal' beauty standards, we should be promoting the message to love your body no matter what features you do or don't possess.  

 

 
It disappoints me that it's normal in our day and age for me to hear a young girl, probably no older than fifteen, at the gym saying that she needs to work off a certain amount of calories before she can go home. There is a constant need in our society to be perfecting ourselves and sometimes this can take a toll. Although many people can handle this responsibly and just aspire to reach their body goals, to others it can be harmful. We all know too well the effects eating disorders can have on boys, girls, men and women and I think that teaching people to love the skin they're in from a young age could possibly decrease the number of people that struggle with this. 
 
People are beautiful in different ways. As you all know, no two people in this world are the same. We all have different features that make up the way we look and we should embrace them. That's what this post is all about: embracing who you are and loving yourself!
 


 
 We shouldn't all strive to look a certain way, we should strive to be happy with ourselves. It doesn't matter whether you're 100Ibs or 200Ibs, if you're happy you're going to exude confidence and that sense of confidence will eventually develop into self love.
 
When doing this shoot with my friends Thyra and Lizzy I discovered something. Upon looking through the images I realised that the best ones were taken when we were laughing naturally and smiling because of how much fun we were all having together. The images where we stare into the camera, hands on our hips, with stern facial expressions look staged. They don't reveal anything about our personalities and almost look as if we are attempting to portray a fake persona of who we are. It made me realise that in trying to look like models we had lost ourselves. The natural effortless images I'm sharing on this post imply a sense of comfort that we have within ourselves. There's no awkward poses, no one is making an effort to suck in their stomach or keep their mouth closed in an effort to hide teeth they don't like the look of. We look happy. We look confident - and we are.
 

 
So ignore the photoshopped images of women with collar bones and men with 8 packs. Don't look in the mirror and base your happiness on whether or not you look like Kendall Jenner, base it on whether or not you feel confident in yourself. You may think that your eyes are too close together, your nose is too big, you're fat, or your hair is too thin, but you can still be confident despite this. You can think of these elements, that originally appear as so negative, as funny little quirks that make you look like you. Why strive to look like a Kardashian, a Hadid, or a Delevingne when you can have all the cute quirks that make you you? Once you discover that you can be happy in your body and not worry what everyone else looks like you can find self love. It doesn't happen overnight, but it is possible.
 
"Comparison is the thief of joy" - Theodore Roosevelt
 
What is your opinion on body confidence and self love? Let me know your story in the comments, I love hearing from you all!
 
Georgia Megan x
 
 
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23 comments

  1. 3 very beautiful girls! Amazing post and perfect style! :)
    Kiss
    Luna
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  2. I love this so much! I think it's really hard not to get sucked into envying the staged "perfection" or lightness/confidence of high fashion models - even if such models probably have their own heaps of insecurities.

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    1. Exactly! Plus a lot of it is photoshopped to make it look that way anyway! x

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  3. Such an inspirational post.. loved it!

    xx Lisa
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  4. Amazing post!!! Loved it girl!

    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  5. loved this post. i'm actually still on the journey to confidence and self love as i never liked my body and its bloody hard to change that way of thinking but i'm working on it.


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    1. Finding self love is such a long journey but as long as you're trying that's the important thing :) xx

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  6. Love this inspirational post! It takes so much time to learn to love and accept yourself, still working on it.

    xo
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  7. Beautiful photo, Dear<3
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    Julia Shkvo

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  8. I totally agree with you about everything you have said. You all look so beautiful.
    Nina
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  9. I have to admit I do prefer a slender body for the reason I'd like to wear clothes without flabs and such. I gained weight in college but it wasn't really a big deal at that time until I realized I went a size up. That's when I decided to shed off some weight and I did, no abs though. I'm happy I can wear the styles I wanted again. Anyway, that's just my personal preference what's important it you are happy with yourself and the way you look. Btw, you girls are gorgeous!
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    1. You're exactly right! I think it's absolutely fine to want to change yourself in a healthy way so you can love yourself more! Reaching a healthy weight goal and being able to feel comfortable in your clothes again is such a great achievement and for some people that's the way to find self love instead of just putting up with and loving the body you have even if you're uncomfortable! Thanks for your comment :) xx

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  10. Thanx for your great post. Girlpower Alert!
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  11. Love this post and love these photos! Absolutely agree that you look amazing when you're all laughing and clearly having a great time. Such an important post :)

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  12. This post was very inspiring and I could definitely learn a few things from it! Thanks for sharing. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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  13. Very important theme! And, yes, not that easy to build it up when you have all the power from the media forcing you to look skinny

    xx,

    Mani Piñeiro
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  14. Well said. You're right, the best ones are the ones of you guys laughing!

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  15. What a cute post, I totally agree with you! It's so important to love yourself just the way you are :)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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  16. Yess absolutely love this message. All three of you are such beautiful, confident ladies <3

    Enclothed Cognition

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  17. Beautiful post!

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  19. Love your message, so inspirational and 100% true. Beautiful post!

    xx, Amy
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