I was recently in British Columbia and joined the “Unapologetically Her” event. It was an event aimed at celebrating and inspiring women across the lower mainland. I love when women come together – magic happens! This event was all about the power of female leadership.
I had the best time and then afterwards I saw a photo of myself that made me zero in on a tiny bit of cellulite on my leg. I completely dismissed everything else – why I was there, how confident and comfortable I felt on stage, how amazing it was to be surrounded by an empowered group of women. It’s scary how our thoughts can change like the flick of a switch and we need to control these thoughts. We all get them.
As women, we have this tendency to scrutinize and pick apart our image. We look for flaws and we are our own hardest critics. Nothing about beauty is perfect. Our imperfections are what makes us beautiful. Airbrushed is not real and it’s not okay for us to continue glorifying it.
There are a lot of movements happening right now with #MeToo and #TimesUp. Everyone’s coming together and standing up for our rights as women. At this crucial time, we can’t be our own enemy. We need to truly love and embrace ourselves. That’s what #Realstagram is about – setting yourself to a higher standard than just your looks. Time is up on a lot of things – including perfectly photoshopped photos that don’t portray you as “real”.
Sometimes, I feel like getting creative and still play around with filters. Photos also look different when you have perfect lighting and are posing for a campaign. The lesson here is to not throw away a photo just because you think there’s a “flaw” in it. Learning to be comfortable in your own skin can be a challenge, but it’s also so liberating.
I feel like it’s my responsibility to share this journey with my followers because we’re all human and we all have insecurities. Taking steps forward together is powerful! We’re making a difference.
It’s an exciting time to be a woman. With every online and offline movement, our voices are being heard. Now’s the time to disrupt the norm of what’s considered “beautiful”!
Those are my two cents…
PHOTOS: Amber Leigh Photography