Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Last week, a lovely girl in Canada interviewed me about my idea of beauty and the way I look. I’ve spoken before about my struggle with my appearance and this girl got in touch as she’s struggling with her own and wanted to delve deeper into how I built my self esteem and why these concepts of beauty are so important to us. It was a really great conversation that really got me thinking. In true Carrie Bradshaw fashion, ‘I couldn’t help but wonder’ who created these conventional beauty ideals and why do we place so much value in them?
Monday, October 8th, 2012
Our internal dialogue is a funny ol’ thing. It takes us on a journey each and every day – bigging us up during our triumphs, sending us into wallowing states of despair at other times, that pesky little voice dictates how we feel about ourselves for better or worse. Many let the words of others weigh in on their personal value but I disagree – people should really be able to say whatever they want about you, but it’s only how you feel about yourself that matters (I’m not saying people should be complete assholes to you but ultimately, how that effects you says more about you than them). What I’ve noticed, especially among women is that the negative voice chatters loudly away under the surface and I got to thinking the other day, why are we so mean to ourselves?
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, I saw an article in The Evening Standard that had three female athletes done up to the nines (the go to fashion shoot for female sportswomen – ‘let’s make them ‘girly’ and ‘pretty’!). All three of them are 2012 hopefuls, at the top of their game. I look up to female athletes so I read on, only to see the inevitable question: is there anything you don’t like about your body? I had to hold myself back from going on a rampage on the train. Why was this a question in this interview and why must women always be encouraged to dislike something about their bodies?