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My Black is Beautiful (MBIB) launched a Road to Essence, “Beauty in Action”, challenge in partnership with nationally renowned transformational expert, Lisa Nichols. MBIB and Lisa Nichols encourage women to show their “beauty in action” by sharing what encourages them to believe that beauty is more than skin deep. Whether it is an image, person, quote, mentoring, or giving back we all have something that we believe defines beauty.
Self – Acceptance is a Part of Feeling Beautiful Inside and out
When I was a teenager, no one could tell me anything. I was a size five, okay skin, pretty teeth, and hazel eyes. However, once I had children I moved up to a size 8/9 and my self-confidence started to drop. I did not have time to perform my long beauty routine anymore and the weight just seems like it is never going to drop off. My body changed drastically and I could no longer wear the cute outfits that I thought I would never have to give up. For some time I was depressed solely because my appearance changed and being a young mom at the age of 18 this was a lot to take in. Sure, I had my time to shine already but I was just becoming an adult and it was brought to an abrupt end.
Now I have accepted that I will never see a size 5 again and the stretch marks are not going to magically disappear. However, I am still a beautiful person despite my only feature being my hazel eyes now because I am a wonderful mom who always puts my kids needs before mine or anyone else’s and I have a kind heart. I love giving more than I like receiving and I help people out as much as I can. I now realize that beauty on the outside means nothing because you can have a very ugly inside. If your inside is beauty it will naturally reflect on the outside too.
What has been your road to self-acceptance?
My Black is Beautiful celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African American women and encouraging black women to define and promote our own beauty standard – one that is an authentic reflection of our indomitable spirit. MBIB initiates one of the largest online community conversations with African American women. Join the movement, define your own beauty standards, help ignite a national conversation and share your extraordinary beauty with the world.
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