That’s what makes you beautiful
Would you rather tell me what your most beautiful physical trait is, or eat a bag of mirror glass shards?
Crunch crunch crunch.
Yeah. Thought so.
Women seem to have no problem spewing their distaste for their lumpy knees or boney shoulders.
They fight their wavy hair into submission or plead with their hairdressers to make them look like a natural redhead.
Nothing is more bonding than a gaggle of women standing around, picking themselves apart, from wide feet to "This old thing I threw on? BLERG."
How about we cut that shit out?
How about when someone compliments us, we say "Thank you"?
How about we look in the mirror and find the beauty our lovers and loved ones, so many friends and strangers alike, see?
Those freckles on your face are like golden confetti, and remind your neighbor of a beloved grandmother long gone.
Your broad hands make your children feel secure when you wrap them around their little ones.
The bounce of your tight black curls dance in the wind, making your husband smile and reach for you.
Your snaggletooth flashes when your infectious laugh cackles, charming new friends.
The trend of looking down on ourselves needs to end.
Is there ever room for improvement? Sure! There's nothing wrong with getting healthy and strong, with dressing to flatter, or swiping on some bold lipstick.
Just please know that you are more beautiful than you've been allowing yourself to believe.
Choosing to participate in this ridiculous fad of homogeny and the refusal to appreciate yourself isn't doing you any favors.
You. Deserve. Better.
So stop. Take a look in that mirror. Try to see what I see. What all of us see.
You are a one-of-a-kind beauty with so many facets to behold, that it would be impossible for us to choose our favorite.
Kim Bongiorno is an author, freelance writer, and blogger. Best known for hitting with the funny then surprising with the sweet on Let Me Start By Saying, she has also been published in three books, writes all over the web, was selected as a 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year, and is both a staff writer and the Social Media Manager here at In The Powder Room. She's also one of the co-authors of our bestselling new humor anthology, "You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth." Come follow Kim on Facebook and Twitter @LetMeStart, or learn more about her work on Kim Bongiorno Writes.