Where ever you look your eyes sweep across images in magazines, advertisements, on television and even in music videos that portray the “ideal” woman or even man, more often than not highlighting ultra-thin woman and men with decidedly delicious six-packs! The mindset that you can never too “too thin or too beautiful” is all too prevalent in society today and realistically it makes it difficult for both males and females to achieve a level of contentment with their physical appearance.  You just need to hear a snippet of the latest eating craze by Tim Noakes and suddenly everyone is eating the Tim Noakes way and “Banting” is the latest thing trending. Sadly, at the end of the day every one thinks ‘I have to be thinner!’ (never mind just trying to be healthier) and off they set on the ultimate quest to be thinner and more beautiful.

The truth is, society’s is pretty warped.

Earlier this week I came across an article about one of my favourite artists, Colbie Caillat.  Not only is she an amazing singer, she is naturally beautiful. Yet, she was still getting pressure to be someone she’s not, both musically and image-wise. In the studio one day she mentioned to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds what was on her mind and he (yes a man!) inspired her to say what was bugging by putting it into a song and so she did just that!

Colbie Caillat hit back with a super-empowering song, with an equally inspiring video to go with it.  There are just not enough words in the world to say how much I love this! Watch it for yourself and you decide.

It’s time to stop chasing what you think society requires of you and start loving all the beautiful bits about you ~ the grey hair, the knobbly knees, the extra bits of weight, your not so perfectly straight hair, your natural skin, wrinkles, freckles and all!!

Be unique.

Be beautiful in pride and in confidence.

Be-YOU-tiful !

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