Happily Ever After?

I love these images by photographer Dina Goldstein who takes a look at how the lives of our beloved Disney princesses might have turned out, fairy tale luck and charm aside of course ;-)

“I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues"


What is Beauty?

What is Beauty?

Beauty is defined as a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.

So what makes us beautiful?

And why do we spend so much time of our goddamn lives striving for an ideology of what society deems ‘beautiful’ and not what we in our hearts and in our minds believe to be beautiful?

We tweeze, we pluck, we colour, we straighten, we curl. We sit, we squat, we run, we hurl. We ditch, we dive, we fast, we cut. Not only that, we wax, we shave and there’s always a but. We stare in the mirror for far too long, wishing and scrutinising ourselves over and over again, ‘but’ I could have…(delete as appropriate) longer legs, a smaller nose, bigger lips, thinner legs, more toned arms…the list goes on.

Why you Should Create your Own Definition of Beauty

Your beauty, Just like the capacity of your life, happiness and success is immeasurable.

Day after day, countless people all over the world get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it.

I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humour and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It's true, the scale, can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That's it. It cannot, measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength or love.

Don't give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life.

You are beautiful.