Positive Message Monday: Self Image

I was going to make this PMM post about something totally different until last Friday when I stumbled upon this amazing and inspiring story.

There was an article (Click Here) on the Huffington Post talking about a young woman, age 23, who suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Now, if anyone knows anything about this disease it has a very scary side-effect of excessive hair growth. The girl, named Harnaam Kaur,  interviewed with HuffPo to talk about her life of trying to adjust and fit into a world where excessive facial/body hair on women is an unsightly scene. In fact, she dealt with so much rejection and negativity that she contemplated suicide at one point.

However, once she was baptized into the Sikh church, she embraced the values of not cutting any hair off of her body and letting her body be exactly how it’s meant to be. Through that, she has found a lot of self peace and has even grown to love and accept herself fully. It really is an inspiring article and actually got me to self reflecting.

I know that I’m not the only one that obsesses with looks and those tiny little hairs that exist on our upper lips. The hair removal industry is one of the biggest and baddest in the world because countless times in a week we are constantly, waxing, shaving, plucking, and tweezing every tiny little hair on our body in order to inevitably fit into a society that says that hairless women are the most beautiful. Anything more than peach fuzz is gross. Yet, Ms. Kaur has managed to defy those societal standards and accept herself fully. I think it’s also safe to say that this woman is beautiful inside and out. She has demanded herself to see beauty within herself and thus also has demanded the world to see the same.

Imagine if we had more women/girls that demanded the world to see their beauty within their unique features and flaws? Imagine if we stopped obsessing with our external looks so that we can actually cultivate beautiful personalities and characteristics. Kaur has realized that there are two sides to the coin when it comes to beauty and is using both to her advantage. On this Monday, I’m thinking about balancing out my polarized view of beauty and adding that to my list of things to reconfigure in my mindset about beauty standards. Based on this article, what are you thinking about this Monday and for the rest of the week?

– A

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