But Madison and I have had some conversations in the past that I know will creep up as SB ages. One of the main things I'm noticing that Madison is going through and that SB will go through when she's older is self-image issues.
Nobody is perfect. Not a single person. And that goes especially for people in the physical sense. We are all flawed. Acne scars, flabby arms, dimpled legs. We're either too tall, too short, too fat or too skinny. Our hair is the wrong color. Our eyes are the wrong color.
Why do we feel this way about ourselves? Because day in and day out we are bombarded with photos of what "the world" wants us to look like. Tall - at least 5'10" - weighing in at a stick-like 110 pounds (which, by the way, is a BMI of only 15.8. Healthy is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9). She has impossibly long legs, a flat stomach and cheeks so hollow a squirrel could hide acorns in them.
I wanted to share this Dove Real Beauty commercial to show you what really happens before a picture hits the billboard:
I can't believe that this girl is okay with them doing that to her! Is she not beautiful enough on her own?
We need to let today's teens and girls know that what they see in magazines is NOT real. Those pictures are not attainable for anyone - even the girl in the picture herself!
IS NOT REAL!!!
If you're not familiar with Kimora, she has a reality show. That's about all I know about her other than she is GORGEOUS without being photoshopped.
Take a look at this. This is a shoot Britney Spears did to show what she actually looks like and what photoshopping does to her.
Why can't we accept ourselves the way God made us? Why must the modern woman (and man) continuously strive to be taller, thinner, blonder, tanner, etc?
Now listen - this is not an anti-photoshop post. I adore photoshop. I use it all the time...just not to completely alter what I present to others.
Anyway. I'm rambling. The point is - love who you are. Love yourself how God made you. Don't listen to Hollywood, actresses, models or advertising. You are gorgeous just how you are.
I promise! Have I ever lied to you?
(And here's another video about how unreal this is. It's over 4 minutes, FYI)