Why You Don’t Need to Look Like a Supermodel

You think you’d feel better about yourself if you looked like a Hollywood star or a supermodel? OK, but you know, not even the supermodels look like supermodels.

Teenager Julia Bluhm knows that: in 2012 she stood up for a cause that millions of girls across the world can relate to and have issues with every day.

The girls in her ballet class used to talk about how fat they thought they were, so Julia realized that the high expectations they had for their bodies come from the magazines, especially Seventeen magazine that featured tall and skinny girls with no blemishes or pimples.

And she decided to do something about it: she started an online petition for Seventeen magazine to have one non-Photoshopped spread in every monthly issue. Her petition had over 50,000 signatures only two weeks after she created it, and she was written about on places such as The New York Times and Huffington Post.

People obviously need to see more real people in the magazines in order to understand that they’re OK just as they are.

If you don’t believe that not even the models look like models, take a look at this video, it’s only about a minute long (and the “magic” starts at 0:20):

Can You Enjoy Life Even If You Don’t Look Like a Movie Star?

You bet you can!

It’s perfectly OK not to look like any of those gorgeous women (who admittedly are gorgeous even without Photoshop) – because most of us don’t look like them.

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Society can be cruel, yes, but the way we look shouldn’t hold you back from being the the absolute best version of yourself that you can be. Stop mentally judging yourself on the outside, from the inside. You can offer the world the same things one Cara Delevigne can.

Don’t let the way you look hold you back from doing even the little things you want to do. Work on becoming the best, smartest, most creative, talented, and wonderful person you can be; work on becoming interesting and interested, work on becoming better than you ever thought you could be!

Others don’t matter, don’t compare yourself to them. The only person who matters is you – and the way you look is only a small part of it!

Don’t Deal in Absolutes.

Being healthy doesn’t mean that you need to have washboard abs; you don’t need a supermodel physique to feel better about yourself.

Did you know that Gwyneth Paltrow (for example) works out for 1.5 hours every weekday and does a 12 week no sugar detox?

As admirable as this kind of dedication is, for most of us it’s just too much. And for the most of us just increasing our day to day activity and cutting back what we eat a little can have dramatic effects on health and wellbeing.

There’s no such thing as perfect nose; girls with what we consider to be perfect abs keep complaining about the excess fat.

“The perfect body” doesn’t exist.

What exists is your own perception of how beautiful you are. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – so be kind to your looks. Don’t judge, don’t compare. Just work on loving yourself and enjoy life!

What does true beauty mean to you? Share in the comments!