#OwnYourBeautiful

The #OwnYourBeautiful hashtag was a campaign created for Instagram by myself, , teenytinyella, livebytheafro, and simonepaddick. We all wanted to use our social media platform to promote loving yourself. The idea behind the campaign was to have users turn their biggest insecurity into their most beautiful attribute. The rules were to post a photo explaining their insecurity and to list 5 positive/beautiful things about it. At the end of the week we were to choose two people to feature on our blogs. The campaign has run its course and I chose these two beautiful people:

The lovely Miss Miko (@naturally_miss)  stated “My biggest insecurity is that space in the middle of my smile. The gap between my teeth is beautiful in its own way and there are 5 reasons why. (1) It was passed on to me from my father and I passed it down to my children (beautifully genetic). (2)It shows that I’m not perfect. I have flaws just like everyone else (perfectly imperfect). (3) No, I don’t wish my teeth were straight. I represent the crooked smile nation #coleworld (4) My smile is what it is because of it. I want to look like me and not anybody else #icanonlybeme (5) It’s beautiful because I say it is and there are MANY others who agree. Today is the day that you #OwnYourBeautiful “

That was beautifully written, and I agree your smile is beautiful Miko (P.S. I love J. Cole).  It can be very hard to accept our flaws as they are, for society paints a picture that we all must be perfect or working towards achieving this notion of perfection. But if “no one is perfect” then how do we know what perfect is? There is no standard or guidelines for being perfect because we are all imperfect and that’s what makes us unique. Don’t look to society for acceptance or reassurance for your beauty. Look for it in yourself, you have to live with you 24/7, 365 on your worst and greatest days and to create peace between YOU and YOU, you have to take your flaws and turn them into gold.
The lovely Miss Trinity (@itrinito) stated “some of my visual insecurities are my acne & my nose. a lot of people probably wouldn’t think that I have these but I do & sometimes it discourages me from taking pictures & feeling pretty/good about myself.

Positive: it makes me who I am.”

Whether we have insecurities about our faces, body, weight, hair, etc. Insecurities have the power to make or break you. You are beautiful Trinity and your insecurities only enhances it. Often times we may judge a book by its cover. Just because we perceive someones appearance as beautiful doesn’t mean that is how they feel on the inside. We all have days where we look in the mirror and can’t stand the person who looks back and that’s okay. Loving yourself, and learning to love yourself is a work in progress. Embracing your flaws and insecurities is the first step in embracing yourself as a whole.

Keep flourishing and vibrating higher ladies you are beautiful in appearance and in soul. Thanks for sharing!

My biggest insecurity was dealing with traction alopecia and the bullying from peers that came along with it. When I realized that I Was Not My Hair and it was only an accessory to my beauty I rose up and set out on a journey to love myself and promote self-love along the way. Read my story here.

Thanks for reading, Be Blessed & Stay Humble.

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