The time has come for our very special edition of Friday Feminist Funtimes: Beauty Coup’s 100th Post, Celebrating YOU!
Thank You, ever so much, to all of you who sent in your responses. Beauty Coup is a movement by you and for you. It means so much to us to hear your inspiring words and see your beautiful, 21st century self-portraits.
It never ceases to amaze me how hard we are on ourselves as women. Quite a few responses to this call for submissions included some version of the qualifier “This was really hard…” Unfortunately it seems our instinct as women is still to focus on the parts of ourselves that we think need ‘fixing’. And as one of our contributors pointed out, women have a tendency to judge one another, so we are hesitant to speak out about ourselves in a positive light, for fear of sounding arrogant.
It is precisely because women have such a hard time seeing their own beauty and value that Beauty Coup exists. It is because we believe we will accomplish so much more by focusing on our strengths, and celebrating the beauty we see in others.
We don’t just want to make it easier for you to see your own worth, we want it to be second nature.
We want you to be free of the insecurities that hold you back and make you second guess yourself.
We want you to wake up each day with the inherent knowledge that you are beautiful and powerful beyond measure.
We want you to take that power, go forth, and conquer the fucking world.
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“I am beautiful cos (sic) I love without judgment. If you are or have been in my life it’s because you are wonderful and I love you. No judgement just love. It doesn’t matter what my opinion of you is, or anybody else’s for that matter – if you need me and I can, I’ll be there. Be who you want to be and I will support you to the best of my ability. As the Beatles said ‘all you need is love.'”
– Jessica O.
“I am beautiful because I know when to give myself a break and laugh. Oh and also I have the nicest legs on this side of the Mississippi :)”
– Maggie K.
“I am beautiful because I believe in myself. No matter the anxiety or struggle that peeks out from time to time, I somehow always shake it off and make magic.”
– Izzy M.
“I’m beautiful because I’m strong and funny. I’ll punch you, then I’ll laugh! Just kidding.”
“I am beautiful because I have brains and booty, and I love both of them fully!”
– Kira H.
“I am beautiful because I follow my heart!!!!!”
– Hannah J.
“I am beautiful because of my gentle inner strength and the steadfastness of my bravery.
– Gwen E.
– Marel H.
– Megan A.
– Georgina H. E.
– Amelia A.
– Katie B.C.
– Paloma P.
– Alisia D.
– Jennie S.
– Lynzie B.
– Vanessa A. R.
– Richenda S.T.
– Lucy D.
– Tiffany G.
Cheers to all of you and your powerful beauty. Thank you for supporting Beauty Coup, and for helping us to celebrate you! #beautyrevolution