Sunday, 17 November 2013

On Beauty, Confidence and Self-Esteem

Beauty isn't about perfection. Nobody is perfect. Embrace your flaws; they are likeable and beautiful.

Imperfections are beautiful

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” 
Confucius


Marilyn Monroe was never a size 0 - she was a size 16




How to get the perfect bikini body?
Just wear a bikini.
every body is a bikini body
Mrs. Brosnan on the beach,
photo via thebodylogic.wordpress.com


What to wear to look slimmer?
Just wear whatever the heck you want. 
Lady at Large Artwork
Lady at Large Etsy Shop

“There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.” 
Edgar Allan Poe

venus at a mirror rubens
Venus at a Mirror, Peter Paul Rubens ca. 1615


“A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty 
but an obsession about female obedience.” 
Naomi Wolf


Stop obeying the media. 
All they want is for you to feel crap about yourself, so they can have more power over you.



How to look younger?
Just stay young in your heart, love life 
and follow your passions.
How to look younger
And wear whatever the heckedy feck you want.

Affirmation: I am grateful for the privilege to grow old. 
I know that many people aren't so lucky.


How to get luscious lips?

kiss me

You don't need botox. No need to paint them with chemicals.

Just dab with a little olive oil (natural lip gloss!) 
to make them shine. 

And kiss more often.



What makes you more beautiful?

Tarot of Quotes

LOVE!

Especially the love, kindness and care you give to yourself.

Lovingly accepting and embracing your flaws, your past, your dreams, and radiating that love on to others.

Do something every day that is loving 
and nurturing towards your body.


“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
 For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
 For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
 For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
 For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone." 
Sam Levenson


flawed beauty



In the olden days, there was no Photoshop to create an illusion of beauty. 

1950s fashion and beauty
My mum in the early 1950s in Berlin,
still traumatised from World War II


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. 
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. 
Beautiful people do not just happen.” 
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Empress Bonefire Tarot
The Empress, Bonefire Tarot (c) Gabrielle West

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, 
and irresistible for the rest of your life.” 
Coco Chanel

make peace with yourself


Warmest wishes,

Christiane 



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2 comments:

  1. Hi Christiane I've been enjoying this post very much and have been sharing the quotes with my two grown up daughters. I think I have been supporting enough to give them a good self-esteem, but you cannot hear such messages enough as a woman nowadays
    Thanks :)

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    1. You're welcome, Ellen, and thank you for your comment. Yes, it is important to help young women become more confident about their bodies and less gullible to negative media hype :)

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