Too often I hear my clients lament that they’re “so not photogenic.” My heart breaks to hear this. I honestly believe everyone is beautiful, and everyone is photogenic. Even--especially—you.
“But Julie, you’ve never seen me,” you might be thinking to yourself. And that may be true. But I know with 100% certainty that you are beautiful. Every imperfection, every bit of asymmetry, every line, every dark spot. You’re gorgeous.
It’s no secret that we’ve all spent our lives surrounded by images of impossibly perfect-looking women, women who aren’t nearly as perfect-looking in reality as they are in that magazine, or on that billboard. They’re often Photoshopped to the point where they become unrecognizable.
You don’t have to, can’t be expected to, and really shouldn’t look like that. I mean, come on, how long could a human really survive without pores? Just be yourself. Your imperfectly, perfect self.
I know it can be easier said than done. I’ve been there.
I spent most of my life feeling like an ugly duckling.
I get it. I felt ugly, and yet my husband (bless him) insists I looked beautiful when he looks at those old photos. He sees the beauty in me when I don't; just I like I see it in you when you don't.
It can be difficult, if not impossible, to believe you’re beautiful when you don’t match up to society’s beauty standards.
So screw those beauty standards.
Be your own brand of beautiful.
Go to dinner without makeup, or go to pick up groceries dressed like you’re ready for the red carpet. Tattoo your brows, or let them grow wild and free. Embrace your freckles, your moles, your crow’s feet, your scars. Dye your hair a rainbow, or shave it all off.
You and I, we’re both beautiful, no matter what.