When Did You Stop Thinking You’re Beautiful?

When did you stop thinking you’re beautiful?

Dove asked this powerful question in this thought-provoking video.

This hits home for me. And as a portrait photographer in a former life, I know it hits home for a lot of others. Can you relate to this? Do you want to run and hide when a camera is pointed in your direction now?

WHY did we stop thinking we were beautiful?

Dove is really at the heart of women and puts a spotlight on the struggles we have, even the ones we try and hide. Love the way Dove shines a light in our dark places.

Something as simple as this, just loving the camera as a child, how bodacious we were as children and how quick we would be to proudly show off is a stark contrast to the adults we became who run from cameras. What happened to us? We miss valuable photo opportunities with the ones who mean the most to us because we do not like to have our pictures taken. We do not like how we look.

Oh, sure, we all like to say we are confident. But are we really living a confident life? Are we doing the things a confident person does?

We have all heard the old saying…

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.

Notice it didn’t say if it said it was a duck that it was a duck. It said that if it walked like a duck and quacked like a duck, it was a duck.

Dove asks.... When Did You Stop Thinking You're Beautiful? | artofabeautifullife.comSo starting today…let’s walk and talk a little more confidently. Let’s embrace the camera and celebrate that someone wants to take our picture! Cause were are so awesome like that! Practice it all by yourself at first if you must, or grab a friend and just get silly. It’s time to remember who we are.

And most importantly, let’s model this for our children.

A beautiful friend shared this on facebook recently…

“A mother who radiates self-love and acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” -Naomi Wolf

So, my beautiful friends, let’s all go forth and be beautiful this week. Let’s shine. Let’s say, “Here I am!” Let’s pose for a picture like we are a star and everyone came just to see us.

Writing on the wall of life,


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  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom June 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I love this Topaz. The video really does make you think doesn’t it?!

    It’s so important to be a role model for our children – as a mom of two little girls, I am so conscious of that, yet sometimes I need a reminder (like this) to get me on track again.

    Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a lovely day.

  2. Art of a Beautiful Life July 1, 2014 at 12:43 am

    It really does make you think, Jennifer. Sometimes we forget that it was ever a different way. And we forget how easily things like this are “caught” by our children. You’re such a good mom to always be conscious of that. Have a beautiful week, friend! xo

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