I am SO HAPPY that Dove is now working with lawmakers to look at how to keep kids safe online – and not just in the traditional sense, but also from unrealistic and dangerous beauty standards.
I waited a few days to share my thoughts on this, and have really been debating sharing this, it’s pretty ranty. But it’s reality, and watching my 8 year old daughter grow in up a culture where standards of “beauty” are literally pushed on her DAILY at 8 years old is absolutely unacceptable. It has to stop.
We ALL have to do better – not just for ourselves, but for our daughters, nieces, neighbors, and any other young people that we encounter, girls especially, but boys as well.
We need to do better y’all. With loving ourselves, with loving each other, and with making sure that we are taking care of the next generation in the ways that enhance their lives, instead of demeaning them.
And to be clear – NO, I don’t hate fitness. I have worked with some amazing people in ALL body types, from the super fit bodybuilders, to the larger bodies and everything in between. I believe that everyone needs to figure out what works best for THEM – and that decision is to be between them and their doctors.
NOT the world at large. NOT social media. NOT toxic beauty influencers.
May you feel confident enough in your own authority to make decisions about your own body.
May you know that you are beautiful at ANY size, regardless of the many changes that our bodies go through throughout our lives.
May you surround yourself – both in person and virtually – with people who lift you up and bring you joy, and make this world a little brighter. Instead of making you always feel like you’re not ENOUGH in some way.
When you’re ready for your own spotlight in front of my lens, I would be honored to be your Denver boudoir photographer. I promise you, you’ll walk away feeling amazing.