So I like eyeshadow and foundation. So what? Don’t most girls?
Or did this love of pretty things come from being denied them most of my life, or maybe I’m trying to compensate for the constant battle I have with alopecia. Or maybe both.
I started searching on the internet and the wordpress blogs: alopecia. I found some beautiful young ladies who suffered from this at a very early age. Each one was diagnosed with it and said the doctor said it was triggered by stress. Some wear beautiful realistic wigs. Some choose to go with rockin’ head gear or simply wear nothing on their heads at all.
And I found this touching beautiful article. It has some slightly traumatic pictures of ways these women were scarred.
photo credit to fabulousmag.co.uk
“my scars are part of who am“
These four women’s stories touched my heart deeply. I have been doing a lot of thinking about the whole subject lately. I have thought a lot about the people who go to an extreme and say women’s beauty is inward and if you like lip gloss and mascara you’re obsessed with outer beauty. I heartily disagree, as every woman in the world wants to be beautiful and these things enhance your natural beauty, bring it out – show you that you are beautiful, too. And then there are the people who are so obsessed with outward beauty that there fragile little tiny inner selves make you nauseated. I am thinking of a couple people who will remain nameless. These people often don’t know where to stop, they have endless plastic surgeries and they can’t hold their head up unless they look like a hollywood star. I can’t stomach these people.
There’s a lot of freedom to be yourself in between these two extremes, and part of my reason for this blog is to help people find that middle ground.
So in finding that middle ground, we might need to stare in the face the stories of beautiful women who are facing difficulties that, if we were facing in a sudden heartbeat, might make us feel like we could never feel beautiful. I hope I’ve said that sensitively. And while we’re faced with the beautiful realness, humanity and depth of stories, we should realize we are SO much more than what society defines as good looks.