I was on Allure's website the other day looking through their Best of Beauty selections. I do find Allure's tips/advice to be pretty on-point. I'm sure there's some sort of kickback or promotion system in place over there, but I've never really been steered wrong by their suggestions. So, if I'm looking for new skincare, haircare or make-up recommendations, Allure is my go-to.
Ugh. Am I the type of person who says 'go-to?'
Anyway, while I was over on their website, I started digging around because low-and-behold there seems to be more than just beauty advice. I saw the Wellness tab and thought: oh, diet and exercise tips.
There are some really great articles about women's health, body perception/issues/acceptance and overall wellness that surprised me. This wasn't just tone-your-triceps and whittle-away-your-muffin-top crap. This was food addiction, multi-cultural hair experiences (based on religion) and other fascinating articles I really found compelling rather than the typical glossing-over I find in so many places.
Essentially, I'd pay for this content.
Here are 4 of the Most Interesting Articles/Videos I saw while digging around:
I just loved watching this video, especially the beginning. My favorite part is when the little girl says, "I find my whole body beautiful." And when Tiera says the old pipe in her mom's house is beautiful. I love that. That girl is a writer.
What made me sad about this video is that it seems that as the girls get older, their comments become more negative or affected. That little magic, that ability to see beauty as a pipe or shiny white floors is narrowed to just physical beauty and the challenge of fitting into a certain beauty ideal. It really speaks to how we socialize people (both men and women) to the idea that beauty can be defined by certain characteristics - namely, blonde hair, blue eyes, a thin body and a certain height.
How much time, energy and beauty have we lost in chasing that ideal?
I really loved this article and the photographs accompanying it. I love hearing what women have to say when they speak for themselves, and the photographs are beautiful. In fact, when I saw the first one, I immediately felt better about my own body. It's refreshing to see real, un-touched bodies, stretch marks and fat rolls and real skin, instead of air-brushed, whipped-into-shape models representing women. I think if we saw more photographs of real women, un-touched, the image of beauty would change dramatically. Even though I intellectually know that a photograph has been airbrushed, that a woman's face isn't without pores or her legs aren't without freckles or stretch marks, there is something that happens below the surface that tells a woman: but still....try. Just try for that.
Also, here's an article where 6 Women Pose for Portraits and Bare Their Cellulite.
As I kept digging and hopping from one article to another, I came to this one. It was really interesting. Again, the women speak for themselves (though whoever is transcribing needs serious grammar help). The photos are discreet, for the most part. You'll see some full-frontal images, which didn't bother me at all but might offend some people? I think this article sort of hit a nerve among IG followers who felt the images were inappropriate. I wasn't one of them, but I also didn't see this pop up on my IG feed.
I'll just say that I liked hearing about why women chose to shave, not shave, trim, etc. I liked hearing their attitudes and experiences. There is just so much societal pressure/expectation/opinion on things as simple as whether or not to shave, wear make-up, style one's hair, etc. The list goes on, perhaps because at some level we all buy into it?
4. Finally, this video with Melissa McCarthy had me laughing out loud. I love her. I didn't see her new movie, as it got awful reviews. But goodness she makes me laugh.
There aren't many beauty magazines or websites that make me feel better about myself. Usually, I just feel as if I should buy more products and try more tips in an attempt to become better, slimmer, less marked, etc.
This was a different experience for me, reading Allure's site. It's not perfect, but it's coming along.
I hope everyone's week has been full of lovely moments and well feels. I'm cleaning house today (what's new, right?) in preparation of houseguests. Isn't that really the only time we truly deep clean?