Acceptance of others begins with accepting yourself. The second chapter of See Yourself, See Each Other by ishonest and Ulta Beauty, spotlights personal journeys from self-consciousness to self-acceptance. In publishing these powerful stories, ishonest and Ulta Beauty continue their movement celebrating respect, empathy, and limitless beauty.
Putting Vaseline on your eyebrows won't make them grow overnight and slathering makeup on your acne won't make it go away. You're going to try to cover up your acne with so much makeup, which won't go over well because you're not very good at it yet. Mom won't let you wear it until you're a little older. Try not to be too hard on her. Turns out she was right all along. You didn't need to cover up your skin because you're not only beautiful, you were born to stand out. So stop trying to fit in.
Because despite all of the perfectly filtered images around you, you weren't meant to compare yourself to anyone. The supermodels in fashion magazines you self consciously look through? The celebrities you wish you could trade places with? Ignore them, you're just as exquisite.
On your 18th birthday, you're going to cry because your silly mind thinks you haven't succeeded. The rejection is hard but each ‘no' is preparing you for that one powerful role — the one where you start accepting your beauty within.
You won't be allowed to wear makeup during this show and it will scare you at first. You might feel like crying, feeling exposed. But eventually, you will realize that this character allows you to define yourself outside of your skin, freeing you from thinking people are only looking at your acne. Cause they aren't. Not being defined by your skin will encourage you to embrace your imperfections and ultimately find pride in how perfectly imperfect you are.
Lil Syd, you deserve to feel beautiful no matter what you do in life. Please just remember, it is not clear skin that defines your beauty. It is your confidence, strength, curiosity, and your ability to see the beauty in others that makes you the uniquely beautiful soul you are.
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