"This world of ours is in an authenticity drought."
At seven years old I didn't think there was much wrong with my physical appearance. Sure, I had about three missing teeth and an awful left knee due to all the scabbing (Hopscotch is not for the weak), but I was content with how I looked. Though as a child, I was taught that my genes were just not good enough.
With the apprehension that children only know what they have been exposed to, it is safe to blame the majority, if not all, of our generation's misfortune unto our parents, leaders, teachers and older siblings. We're taught that touching a hot stove will burn you, that you should always respect your elders and that certain features just don't fit in in the real world.
You are absolutely capable of thriving in our ruthless society regardless of your looks. The only way to do this though, is to love yourself. Paying no mind to the inevitable insults from those around you is of utmost importance. After realising this, we need to educate our successors. Rather than promoting impossible standards, promote authenticity. We're the most powerful generation - that's what they don't want you to know. They continue to strive because of the flaws we see in ourselves.
You might be playing coy right now, questioning who "they" are but I'm talking about everyone from that girl on Facebook that gets ten more likes than you to renowned comestic brands. This year, the total revenue of the United States comestic industry is estimated to be $62.46 BILLION which is nearly twice as much as the total of 2002. I'm not trying to influence anyone to boycott make-up, I just think that it is due time that we realise that it is not a necessity - you are beautiful in your own way.
I hated being told that - "beautiful in your own way" - to me it sounded like a euphemisim for "ugly" but now I notice the truth behind it. None of my friends had the dark skin and curly hair combination going on but I did. Recognising your individuality also teaches you how you can't be replaced.
Along with the importance of self-love, is the common knowledge to respect people who want to follow trends. I'm on a journey of bettering my confidence so make-up does in fact give me that extra va va voom. In fact, I'm currently saving up to purchase the Mary Jo K Kylie Jenner lipkit. Not everybody wakes up 'like dis' and there is no right or wrong way of loving yourself. The ultimate goal is to wake up not wanting to be in somebody else's shoes.
Embrace YOU. I wish I was told that when I was seven. I already did not love myself enough. Embrace your intimidating tallness, your bushy eyebrows, your basic brown eyes. This world of ours is in an authenticity drought. We need more people who are comfortable in their own skin.
Love yourself so much that it won't matter if you're not a size 2 or if you just can't seem to relate to posts about 'thick' girls. I mean, you have the power to love yourself enough where it won't matter if anybody else doesn't. And that, is magical.
- GIA FYNN