Be Your Own Type Of Beautiful

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
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I have been struggling lately with feeling beautiful and so I wanted to share all this with you all, while simultaneously bashing Snapchat- I know, I know, What does Snap have to do with this, right? Well, I have had a love-hate relationship with Snapchat filters since they came out. I mean, those filters can confuse anyone, is this a lion? a rabbit? Who Knows! However, despite this love-hate relationship with their confusing filters, I also became what every girl in the world was- obsessed with the flower crown filter.

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Don't get me wrong, I love Snapchat filters as much as the next girl and I use them quite frequently but it becomes a problem when you begin to feel like filters are the only way you could love yourself. It became a habit for me to lose myself in the filters, the tighter cheekbones and lightened skin of the flower crown was my best friend. I couldn't believe I ever walked out of the house or took pictures without that filter. I became obsessed with the idea of having the filters alter the facial features I was not proud of and I rarely took pictures without them. 

I am not going to say I had a wake up call or miraculously realized I was beautiful and quit using the filters because that would be a lie. However, I realized there was a problem when I liked my face better with a flower crown on. I began to struggle with learning how to love myself and who I truly am without a filter on- bare faced. I learnt to celebrate myself and love myself for who I truly am and till this day with or without a filter, I know I am beautiful, beautifully imperfect and that's okay because we all are.

 

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