WOW! The response to my post on The New Face of Beauty a couple of weeks ago was OVERWHELMING! It obviously struck a cord for many women. It sparked several conversations over twitter and Facebook that were interesting to me. One in particular:
You speak truth! Some of us had Barbie to live up to, but the young women and girls today have … the entire electronic and print media. Ashley’s statement that we are being minimized and muted rings so true, and should compel a tidal wave of support. How, though? via Jeannie Shea
I read this as “how can we continue to make a difference?” So I thought about it, and stared asking around, and this is what I got:
- First, it’s about how we feel. It’s a process of re-designing our thoughts, our self image and our definition of beauty (this is the big one, the most important one, and not easy to do!).
- We then need to walk our talk, modeling our beauty at every age comfortably. I’m not saying don’t enhance our natural beauty, but rather don’t change HOW we look because we are uncomfortable.
- We need to instill in our sisters, daughters, friends, grand daughters that they are beautiful, and not just how they look, but who they are as people and the difference they make in our lives.
- Allow our children to grow up in households where they are encouraged to have a healthy body image.
- Continue to speak out against media and fashion. In this day and age, we can get a message out in minutes. Use this to speak up and out against societal prejudices and popular media that reinforce the opposite.
- Support companies and publications that make a statement in support of real beauty with your wallet.
- Honor and appreciate our celebrities who continue to appear their age, and glamorously to boot.
- Young women such as Stacy Nadeau, pictured above, need to continue speaking out to0…spreading the message to young women AND men about body image and real beauty.
“If I can be a part of changing the media’s view on women’s body types, then that’s fantastic,” Stacy said. “I have always been a curvier girl and always will be. I am proud of my body and think all women should be proud of theirs too.”
- And…from my husband, Men need to teach their sons that women are beautiful in all forms and at all ages, by how you treat your woman. Yea rah for my husband!