May 4, 2010

Don't Change! You're Perfect!

I used to love pouring over magazines. In fact, my job required it. Every month, I would take a huge stack of all the new fashion magazines and tear out pictures of the latest designs for color, detail and trend inspiration. Once I became more interested in fitness and nutrition, my passion moved from fashion to health magazines. I would read, re-read and save the articles I found the most interesting for future reference. These magazines taught me so much: how to be prettier, how to be thinner, how to look better, how to make people like me more.

One day a few months ago, I walked into Barnes and Noble and headed to the cafe. I had some time to kill and wanted to relax with a cup of tea and a magazine. I was searching the shelves for the perfect magazine when I realized, not one of them had a headline that read "Don't Change! You are Perfect Just the Way You Are!" Now wouldn't that be nice? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were surrounded by messages that taught us how to love ourselves?

Take a look at these pictures. They are all before and after images of beautiful women who were airbrushed to be.... what? Perfect? I just don't understand how they can be perfect if they aren't real.
Next time you take a look in the mirror and compare yourselves to these women, remember that
  • It's ok to have cellulite. Most women do. It's natural.
  • It's ok to have wrinkles. It means that you have lived long enough to have developed them. Laugh lines mean you have laughed and smiled.
  • Exercise is important for strength and health. All the exercise in the world won't make most of us look like us (and believe me, I've tried) because these pictures are not real.
  • Hips are sexy!
There are magazines out there with positive images and messages for women. Some of my favorite running and yoga journals are all about accepting yourself and living a healthy life. Are there any that you'd recommend? Please leave a comment... I'd love some ideas!


  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I think there are few magazines that truly reflect real women out there and that is really sad.
    Love this post!

  3. I LOVEEE this post so much. It is so ridiculous how airbrushed these pictures and all pictures are because people strive to look like them...and the pictures are fake. It's so disturbing...wouldn't we all rather see the unairbrushed real pictures??

  4. Great post girl! It's sad that all these women have to be "touched up" to be viewed as beautiful.