This weekend and I watched the movie ‘Biutiful’. Actress Maricel Álvarez was stunning and totally sexy and of course one of the first things I noticed about her was her very prominent nose. And speaking of noses, Javier Bardem certainly has a honker you don’t see every day.
Yet few would deny how physically attractive these two actors are.
This got me thinking how wonderful it is to embrace our beauty flaws and truly see them as something to celebrate. And instead of seeing them as beauty “flaws”, perhaps we can instead see these physical features as things that give us character and make us truly unique.
As It’s unfortunate that most images in the media show a cookie cutter beauty that few real women could ever actually aspire to. From what I’ve read, most of these images are Photoshopped to such a degree that they don’t even look like the model who posed for the picture. The messages from the media seem to be buy this or that- and hurry!- so you have a shot at this (unobtainable) beauty.
And when it comes to aging, the media is even tougher. Just try to find an advertisement for a wrinkle cream or other anti aging product that shows an actual woman over 40. Even when commercials feature “older celebrities”, they are often shown with very soft lighting so they appear not to look their age. Andie MacDowell in L’Oreal Visible Lift Age-Reversing makeup ads and Brooke Shields in the Latisse ads are two examples that quicly come to mind.
And just for the record, let me state that I think both Andie MacDowell and Brooke Shields are both very beautiful women.
Learning to love your flaws has a lot to do with doing the best you can with what God gave you and then working it like it’s no one’s business. I happen to be bow legged and I remember agonizing over this fact throughout my youth. A lot actually. I practiced walking and standing in ways that would minimize the bow in my gait.
Now that I’m older and wiser I can see that I was really hard on myself for something which I absolutely have no control over. Hello, my legs are the way they are because I had to wear braces as an infant to correct hip and feet problems. It’s high time for a little self love. What I learned that helped me the most was standing up straight would be my best bet no matter what.
And I don’t have to shy away from tasteful mini skirts or shorts just because I don’t have runway model legs. This is a huge revelation for me. In fact, my husband likes it when I dress a little sassy. I am learning to embrace my bow legs and all the other things that make me ME and still have some fun with fashion. That said, you will never find me rocking a pair of jeggings, but honestly, at my age (40 something) I don’t think I would with perfectly straight legs either.
Embrace your flaws like me, and you will see that beauty and fashion can be a ton of fun- regardless of age. The older I get, the less I care about what “Hollywood” and the media tell me about how I should look. These days, I care more about what my doctor tells me, and then I hit the gym and watch what I eat to make sure I stay healthy and fit.
So you have a Barbra Streisand nose? Work it girl.. I don’t think that has stopped her from being regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Pictures of Meryl Streep reveal a natural, vibrant, and glowing woman in her early 60′s. She is certainly a rarity in her industry, but we can all learn something from her complete acceptance of her maturity. Oh yeah, and she sports a cute little bump on her nose too!
Can you learn to love your flaws?