How do you learn how to love yourself and accept that you're far from being likable? There are so many stereotypes out there giving the idea of women should suffer their heart and soul and pursue that beautiful body curve yet at the same time spreading messages encouraging us to accept ourselves as how we are. "All women are beautiful," they said, "just the way they are." But is it really?
Body image is something I've been struggling my whole life. Even at the age of no-time-for-bullshit, I am still clueless about what's beauty. I feel like my notion about beauty has been twisted and I'll never be able to detangle the mess. Not skinny enough; itty bitty titty; no tight gaps; not fit enough; tan or no tan; shave or no shave - there're so many troubles we women go through every single day; not necessarily to please men, but liking oneself is not a easy task.
I'm no one to tell people what's beautiful or to say "love yourself because you worth it". I'm simply sending a message to whoever's reading this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. On the path of seeking a better version of the sad-me, you're not alone. Old me, new me; same me.
Photography by Mario De La Isla | Post production by yours truly