My first ever picture with no filter at all.
In my most natural state.
Hair tied. No makeup on.
Yes, I use filters & yes, filters enhance photos.
But what if I told you that you don’t always need to be enhanced? What if I told you that your natural raw beauty is what makes you most beautiful?
It’d be hard for you to believe me, right? I know, it was hard for me too.
I used to be the girl who caked on foundation & who couldn’t leave my house to go to the pharmacy without a pound of makeup on my face.
I used to be the girl who laughed when people told me to embrace my natural beauty. What natural beauty?
I was also the girl who didn’t see the value in taking care of myself, who went to bed with a face full of makeup & who had no idea what it even meant to have a skincare routine, let alone wash my face.
I thought I knew what it felt like to feel good but truth is, it was artificial. It was a facade I used to make myself feel beautiful but it wasn’t real. It wasn’t me.
I thought I had to impress others but fact is, I only found real & true happiness & learned to appreciate my real beauty, with all its flaws, when I started doing things FOR MYSELF & to make myself happy.
Today, after having found myself, discovered what it means to truly be confident in my skin & in my body, I now know that my raw beauty is in my flaws & imperfections & most importantly, in my ability to acknowledge that they don’t make me less beautiful or less worthy but rather that they make me unique & yes, even beautiful.
Yes, I still wear makeup, but no where near as much as I used to. I now have a skincare routine to boot & I know what it means to genuinely FEEL GOOD.
A year ago, you’d never catch me dead posting this photo. It would remain hidden in my iPhone’s photo album & probably get deleted after staring at it & critiquing myself for how imperfect I was.
But that’s no longer who I am.
Today, I encourage you to embrace your natural beauty.
It’s what makes you who you are & sets you apart from the rest of society.
Your realness is a gift & you only see it when you know it too.