“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
I’m not being facetious when I ask: what makes women feel beautiful? I feel like the answers to that question could range from a number of possibilities, but I’ve never considered how my answer(s) could differ from my friends or peers or even other generations of women. Seriously, I had to Google for answers and it looks like I’m not the only one seeking for answers. The highlights of my experiment included eight ways to feel beautiful inside and out via Oprah.com and one really uncomfortable one for men that displayed pictures (just in case the illiterate needed help) with images of a box of chocolates/flowers. Oh, and a rare one of a man doing his gal’s make-up? Interesting last choice there, guys.
Maybe it’s just me, but now I’m wondering if anyone talks about what makes them feel beautiful i.e. “Special” with a capital S. What are the qualifications nowadays for twenty-something women? A successful job, a man in the picture, fortune? Let’s not forget about the little things, people. I still take pleasure in putting on lotion (fresh lilac) every night for goodness sake.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that from what I’ve experienced (and read), women should have their own standards for making themselves feel beautiful. They say comparison is the thief of joy, and I don’t doubt it. Sizing yourself up to that airbrushed magazine model or your ex’s latest girlfriend or that blogger with that amazing new Céline bag is a waste of time. Use that energy to make yourself feel beautiful. And why that may sound like I’m insinuating that you go on a run, I’ll secretly admit that while I fear I look like hell doing it, after any sort of exercise, I (after the redness in my checks subsides) feel… luminous? I don’t know how else to describe it once the whole sweating thing is over. And then I take a shower and realize ‘hey, this works even better.’ Oh, the power of personal grooming.
But now, I have to ask:
What makes you feel beautiful?
NYC Girl in Pearls