A couple of days ago I’ve posted on Instagram my views on beauty and what it means to me. Little did I know of the outpouring love I would receive from all of you. I have mentioned this before but it’s quite refreshing to share our voice in an empowering way. There are so many stereotypes and societal expectations surrounding beauty and intelligence – expectations that make people believe that a beautiful person cannot be intelligent and that intelligent people aren’t attractive.
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” ―
Growing up, because I was a straight-A student, no one expected me to wear stylish clothes or be attractive in general. But I loved fashion. I did dress up for school. And for that I was bullied. You simply were not allowed to be smart and pretty, whatever “pretty” means. The beauty standard has changed over the years and yet as a woman we still feel pressured to look a certain way in order to be “pretty”. I want to break this barrier and tell you that YOU are beautiful. What truly matters is your heart. And you know what?! The best, most feminist thing that we can do is to love ourselves just as we are and refuse to let anyone profit off of our insecurities.
So, I am no angel. I refuse to be labeled as anything. I am who I am. I’m confident, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If this makes me no angel, well, I am OK with that.
“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.”