I wrote a letter for the woman who defines beauty in a way that doesn’t include any of her own features. I wrote a letter for the woman who can picture beauty as long as the women who share her nose or eyes doesn’t come to mind. For the woman who doesn’t feel beautiful, I wrote this for you.

Who made the rule that beauty will always come from someone who looks nothing like you? Who convinced you that beautiful would be one of the words that don’t describe you? Other women, men, music, and television might have told you that beauty comes with a contoured nose, full lips, and long eyelashes, but I’m here to remind you that beauty comes with anything that God created. It also comes with self-love, confidence, and the courage to still accept yourself in a world that doesn’t accept anything that doesn’t align with its own desires.

Every single woman has gone through a time when she didn’t feel beautiful. Whether it was during a pregnancy or right after a breakup, there are many times we don’t feel as though we meet society’s standard of beauty. However, it’s up to us to indulge in self-care and lift ourselves up, rather than put ourselves down. It’s up to us to remember that our beauty is based on our own standards and not the standards of anyone else. It’s up to us to love on the person in the mirror before we apply makeup or make drastic changes to fit the image that pops up in our head when we think of what it means to beautiful.

To the woman who doesn’t feel beautiful, I wrote this for you. I wrote this to remind you that you didn’t need me to tell me you were beautiful. You only needed me to remind you what being beautiful truly means.

Written By: Candice McCoy

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