What makes you feel beautiful?

I’ve pretty much given up reading all magazines, especially mainstream beauty magazines. I grew tiresome of the repetitive messages that they spread pertaining to beauty and image and don’t personally feel like my self worth is defined by my image alone.

There is of course a couple of exceptions, and one of those is Darling magazine. I learnt about this magazine through youtube of all places and was immediately intrigued.


Darling is not your average magazine. I can completely stand behind the message they aim to deliver, such as their #RealNotRetouched campaign. None of the women featured in the magazine have been altered or photoshopped which is a huge step in the right direction if you ask me. The articles aspire and are always beautifully written and thought provoking. I urge you to check it out for meaningful literature that contains quick reads and as an added bonus is a beautiful piece of display as well. http://darlingmagazine.org


I came across the video series titled “That’s What She Said” (Beauty and Body Image) when browsing their website early into the morning when I should have been sleeping. It immediately resonated with me as I’m sure it did most viewers and I wanted to share it with you.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

If you enjoyed this video, there are several more in the series. Just search Thats What She Said Soulpancake on youtube.

I want to know. What makes you feel beautiful?

For me, it is when I get to be in the comfort of my home with the person I love without a stitch of makeup on, hair usually a mess and adorned in baggy clothes that are only kept around for comfort. It is when I am learning, whether studying, reading or through experience like travel. When I feel creatively fufilled I feel beautiful. When I stay true to myself and live authentically I feel beautiful. It is when I am able to make the people I love happy but just being myself. Looking beautiful and feeling beautiful are not necessarily synonymous terms for me. Loving myself goes beyond feeling like I look flawless and I think we all deserve to look inward to find what makes us feel beautiful when were faced with a society constantly displaying unattainable idealisms of image.

Self worth and love is an ongoing process and battle I think we all deal with at some point in our lives, especially woman. I know I certainly have. While I have come a long way in this regard I still struggle and this video served as a blatant reminder of how hard we can all be on ourselves. Part of that process is just starting somewhere and taking baby steps toward loving yourself. Start with the recognition of what makes you feel beautiful.

What makes you feel beautiful?


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