I’m getting a lot of dirty looks when I answer NO when somebody asks me to photoshop them thinner. No, I’m sorry I won’t do it. If I loose clients because of this, I have to deal with that. But this obsession with looking thinner and more beautiful is becoming out of hand. Ladies, let me tell you this now, once and for all. You are PERFECT the way you are. I don’t need to take away your double chin. I don’t need to take away that muffin top. Embrace YOU…. When I do a consultation my customers look at me like a goat at a new gate when I tell them I want them to go and stand in the mirror and tell themselves that they are beautiful. (And yes my husband might chirp in here and tell me to practice what I preach). I know I also look at myself and think I need to loose that 30kgs, I need to look a certain way to fit in. And I fail at believing I’m perfect just the way I am, daily.
But what message are we sending our children. I’ve found my 15 month old daughter standing in front of the mirror looking at her tummy (Okay I have an excuse here, I am pregnant!). But more disturbing is the fact that EVERY morning she comes into my room and jumps on the scale. I know she has no idea what the scale means, but the fact that she does it every morning because she sees mommy doing it, is crazy! What message am I sending my daughter if that’s the first thing she does in the morning?
I’ve done a lot of photoshoots in my career, and I’ve never had to use photoshop on a woman to make her look beautiful. I think it’s time we all step back a few steps, take a deep breath and get over what other people might think and maybe, just maybe, get over ourselves a little as well.