26 July, 2015
“Individually we are warriors. Together we can be an army, we’re all fighting our own battles but seeing other warriors fight alongside us gives us strength.”
An amazing initiative brought into our social media realm by Casey Bryden from Sunbella – teaching us all that rather than tearing each other down, we should unite, talk about our fears and battles – support each other because we all have personal issues that we are fighting. The hashtag is being used across all social medias to reach out to others who may be contending with things similar to ourselves, this should bring us together rather than tear us apart.
My own personal battle has always come from feeling unpretty (Oh TLC, you got me by the heart strings with that song), I grew up with a face full of freckles and I hated them. I remember always asking my Mum when they would go away and she said with age they would fade, I couldn’t wait to grow up. I would avoid going to the pool because the chlorine made them stand out even more. I hated sleeping over someone’s place and would try to wake up earlier to reapply makeup. I was laughed and teased because of it, leaving me feel ugly and a freak.
As an adult, I went to work once when I was 21 without makeup on, and was constantly asked what the hell was wrong with me because I looked so sick.
I have been wearing make up since the age of 14, I found it my way to cover up the “Battle Scars” (Or sun kisses as my Mum would so nicely put it) and hide behind it, but no matter what my family said, I still looked in the mirror (and I still do) without makeup on and think I look horrible.
Today, I took off my camouflage (albeit the mascara), stripped the foundation off my face, I realised I had uneven skin tone, large pores, slight wrinkles forming, redness, bags under my eyes and acne scars that I can’t do anything about. Makeup did this to me because I feared what people thought of my face. Guess what? My freckles faded, they faded so much that I look at these pictures and I can’t even see them anymore – but the bucket loads of makeup that I slapped onto my face for all of those years left me with even more problems.
If I had my time again, I would have tried to find confidence in myself to go bare faced more often, taken the criticism and maybe told people to keep their opinions to themselves. Unfortunately, I am so far gone I don’t know how to dig myself out of this ridiculous low confidence hole where my face is constantly covered up with makeup, glasses, and my hair just to take peoples attention away from how bad my face looks (In my opinion). I am doing this today because I want young girls, even boys to see the damage that can be formed at such a young age – be confident, be yourself and don’t let your feelings be crushed by people that don’t matter around you.
You can also be part of the motion, share a #BeautifulWarriors image on social media and confess to your battles, give others strength and support and remember that covering up only does so much, inside is where you need to find yourself! Check out the start of the campaign HERE by Nadine from Modern Girls in Vintage Pearls.