"Pressure to be Perfect" Beauty Campaign
This page is dedicated to the girls (and guys!) with self esteem issues. Everyone has imperfections. Some people let their imperfections run their life. Well I'm here to tell you that you are beautiful despite the negative thoughts you may have everyday. You are beautiful no matter what others say to you. Everyone is either too skinny, too fat, too this, too that. You need to stop thinking this way. You need to start thinking "I'm beautiful because...". Not because of how you look on the outside, but how you are on the inside. Ugly thoughts and actions make for an ugly person. I do not care how gorgeous you are to society's standards, If you are an ugly person on the inside, you're an even uglier person on the outside. I want readers to know that everyone has insecurities we have to live with.
"I'm short, fat, and proud of that!" ~Winnie the Pooh
I used to be indifferent about the way I looked...until I was in a mentally abusive relationship where I was constantly put down. It also didn't help than everyone would talk about me at school. I would get weird looks down the hall for the creative makeup I did. I felt absolutely worthless. I hated my weight, my eyes, my nose, my ears, my fat arms and legs...nothing was right. Everything was wrong. It wasn't until i started my youtube channel, and met my amazing boyfriend, Anthony, that I started to feel good about myself. I was always looking for positive feedback from everyone else.,,and one day I realized I didn't need that. I only needed the positive attention from those that mattered. Now I live everyday reassuring my beautiful fan girls that it is possible that you can be yourself and love yourself without changing a thing.
Low Self Esteem
I used to look at myself in the mirror everyday and think that i was ugly, weird, fat, annoying, ect. I only thought that because most of my friends were tiny and gorgeous. I used to think everyone was so much better than I was. But then as time went by i came across site modeling. I thought I'd try it out just for fun. I thought I'd never get accepted. But then once i started applying, I started getting accepted into awesome sites. That made me feel a little better about myself. Now, I have an amazing boyfriend who tells me that I'm beautiful, skinny, perfect, ect. Every single day. That's the thing that helped my self esteem the most. Now I never get the feeling that I'm fat, ugly, or not good enough. I always feel beautiful, inside and out.
Hello. My name is Jakob. I am 15 and I have a very low self esteem. When I was younger, I was always called fat and ugly and I am quite often mistaken for a girl. I never feel confident enough to accept/give myself a compliment. I believe that everyone except me is beautiful. These beautiful girls and boys that model are pretty much what I compare myself to. I have always wanted to be a site model, but I am too ugly. I really love talking to others to try and help build their self esteem. Still don't accept my weight, face, nose, eyes or anything.
Battle with Weight
I have an insecurity with my weight. This is my only insecurity that I've been dealing with for years. The reason why I have a weight insecurity is because I've been overweight at a young age and even though I lost weight, I am still unsatisfied. I have not conquer this insecurity. I'm still in a battle with bulimia. It's been 4 years since I had this eating disorder. When I was in high school it was very worse. Especially in my junior year. I honestly don't think I'll ever get rid of this insecurity. Yet I do have hope that I will get better and conquer it. I'm beautiful because I see the beauty in others no matter how they look like or who they are.
No Care for the Scale
My name is Jessie. I used to be overweight and it bothered me so much. I always got called chubby or fatty. Of course, self esteem was lost. I thought I was very ugly too. I became depressed and lost all the weight. Did I feel beautiful now? No cause I lost weight the wrong way. I soon had to train myself to see myself as beautiful and made just perfect. I now have no worry about what I look like cause I'm happy with myself.
Teeth & Weight
I'm so insecure about my teeth and weight. I have gapped teeth. I'm super short so I'm chubby. I'm 4'10 and 129 lbs. I hate when people tease me about it. I recently found out due to a surgery on my teeth that I need to get surgery on muscles in my face. They need removed because of nerve damage. I don't want to have an ugly face:(... I finally looked at everyone around me and noticed they have there own problems too. My friend hates her fake leg, my other friend had jacked teeth, birth marks in odd spots, too much acne. I just realized everyone is beautiful how they are and they will find love by being themselves. :) I am BEAUTIFUL for being me. <3 I can't be anybody else and i wouldn't want to be.
Bullied to Insecurity
I am insecure about almost everything about me. I have had these insecurities since I was 12 and I'm now 18. It doesn't help that I've been bullied and pushed around a bit. I have never fully gotten over them. Instead I resorted to anorexia to try and be perfect or whatever I had in my head as the definition as perfect. I'm not fully over that. That is something I will always struggle with. It's something that I will always think about and will always be on my mind. I may be semi past it now but it wont go away completely. But I am beautiful because I am me. I am able to accept that I am not perfect. I am perfectly imperfect! Everyone should realize they are. Perfect isn't possible.
Hiding behind Hoodies
My name is Sara Cassidy, and I am insecure about my weight. I was one of the chubby kids at my school, and I always felt uncomfortable in my skin. I could never wear what I wanted to wear because it wouldn't fit me, so I gave up and started wearing pullover hoodies to school everyday because I felt like the oversized hoodies would hide my biggest flaw. I stopped caring about my appearance altogether. I went to school everyday with my hair up, absolutely no makeup on, and wearing one of my oversized hoodies. Around sophomore year, I wanted to change the way i had been dressing but I didn't because I had been dressing this way for so long, I felt like I couldn't try to look nice without my peers saying something negative to me about it. After graduation, I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders and decided to make a change. I was tired of hiding my weight and feeling ashamed of who I was. I went shopping and bought myself a new wardrobe. I started eating better and I have lost over 50 lbs so far. I've started doing yoga and continue to lose weight. Going through all of this has made me realize that I should never feel ashamed of who I am or what I look like because I am me. I am making myself a happier and healthier person. For the first time in a very long time, I can honestly say that I feel beautiful. I am taking care of myself and feeling more confident than ever before.
Hurt by Family & Friends
I was bullied ever since I could remember about my weight. Even from some of my cousins. I used to get called piggy and fatty by some of my cousins cause I was the over weight one out of our generation, while the rest of them were skinny. Getting called fat carried on into elementary and middle school. I would get laughed at by the kids that were known as the "populars" at the school since I was basically an outcast. Since all of this i still deal with my insecurities everyday, when I look at myself in the mirror I'm always thinking what I can change about the way my body looks. Since I moved to Texas I've learned to not really care what people think, to this day I get called a bitch for things I do...when in reality, if you really knew me I'm a sweet person that has a guard up cause I've been betrayed too much by some of my so called "friends" that used to say mean things about me behind my back. I still deal with my insecurities but I'm slowly learning to accept myself. I've set goals for myself in the future to where I do lose some of my tummy so I can show the people that bullied me that I out grew what I was and that I'm a better person.
My parents put me down
Well my name is Fernanda and I can honestly say I have insecurities about every single thing god has given me... I hate my size, my skin color, my face, my hair... well just everything in general. Since I was very little I would compare my self to other girls and I always ask god why I have to be so ugly. My parents say I'm beautiful but that doesn't help much. I'm not allowed to wear make up and that just causes me more stress. I fight with my mom a lot because I always wear make up behind her back. Because of my insecurities, I have made a lot of wrong decisions. I'm not proud to say it but I have. I try so hard for people to like me like their opinion really matter to me. I always feel like an outcast everywhere I go... I'm not the pretty my family is totally the opposite of me. I dont have that many friends but I cope. I never get the prince charming of the story. Every guy I like thinks I'm ugly. I have classes with girls that are just "perfect" and I'm constantly comparing my self to them. It really hurts me that I cant be confident like them and that I can't be popular like them and sometimes I wish I had there life.. Like that will ever make anything better.. I've thought a lot about suicide but never do it because... I have one thing that keeps me going.. My Baby Brother I don't want him to grow up in this world like I did I want him to be a confident boy not like me of course. I've had boyfriends before but never the guys that I see now in reality. Guys only pay attention to me when i wear make up... guys always say not to wear make up "Your beautiful with out it" When in reality they would have probably never have talked to me unless I had make up on. I have curly short hair and I am dark.. there is nothing wrong with that right? wrong I'm Mexican and people always say that I look African American. They always tease me and call Me a Fake Mexican.. no one really knows about my feelings... I keep to my-self because I'm scared that people are gonna think I'm weird or stupid... I'm Not the girly girl at all. I'm really into guys stuff. I play BASEBALL not Soft ball. I kick box/ box and I like comic books and funny stuff. My family says I can sing but thanks to my insecurities, I have never been in a Choir or anything like that. My family always tells me that I need to lose weight because I'm to fat. They compare me to really skinny, beautiful girls.. they tell me that if I want to be pretty I have to look like them... I really don't want to be insecure and I don't know what to do anymore /.\
My disease made me gain weight
2 years ago I was diagnosed with polycycstic ovarian syndrome which is a disease that causes obesity. I went from being 110lbs to 190 in only a month. It was amazing how many people treated me differently from when I was smaller to when I got bigger. I went from being what pretty deem "beautiful" to being called a whale, fat, ugly, and being told that I should just go kill myself. When I gained the weight and started being different such as dying my hair and having piercings, I was constantly teased and looked at. I even lost a lot of people who I thought were my friends. Today I am proud to say I have some amazing people in my life who think I am beautiful just the way I am, and I learned that those are the only people I should ever need in my life.
I have been insecure and still am insecure about many things. My weight, my looks, my everything. It makes it really tough to go about things day to day, looking and comparing myself to people I consider much more beautiful than myself. I used to self harm by cutting and not eating, but I am slowly getting over that. I am relying on music and YouTube videos (as odd as that seems, it is working) to make me feel better about myself. It's hard, but I'm working towards feeling better about myself. And I just want to say that I think the main reason I have had these insecurities is not only because I was bullied, but because the minute I would say something like "I am beautiful", it would automatically be defined as being self-centered according to society.