Are we not all beautiful?

Are we not all beautiful?

James Reddish

Why do people feel that they have to hide behind make up or fancy clothes in order to impress or attract others; rather than being happy with themselves just as they are? Why do people feel the need to exercise to be super skinny or super muscular; rather than exercise to be healthy? Why does the media portray unrealistic ideas about the ‘idealistic’ or ‘perfect’ body contributing to eating disorders, unhealthy diets and supplements or anxiety and depression? Why are people laughed and jeered at for being too fat or too thin? Why are people disregarded and disrespected for showing too much or too little skin and put down as vain and attention seeking rather than just happy and confident?
It’s wrong. It’s toxic. Beauty is not a standardised thing, it is different from person to person and in the eye of each individual. It is a good heart. It is a healthy body and the confidence and happiness to enjoy oneself and to not succumb to the negativity that we seem to constantly be surrounded by. People are judged on how they look rather than who they are. It needs to stop.
Are we not all beautiful?

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The John Byrne Award