Because it is also consumerism that ails us, that impales us, that renders us a part of a contest that we did not sign up for. Here’s to a Woman’s Month that is just about us, not about products that are supposed to make us feel womanhood.
And also reminds us of the value of even the empowered fictional characters we admire.
kylienicolepadilla: To all the women I admire, may you feel the appreciation and beauty in each and everyday. Thank you for helping me embrace my femininity though it is truly a struggle until now, under certain circumstances, to embrace all that that means. May you remain strong and courageous while also being true to your hearts. Thrive through your hard times and turn pain into beauty and strength. May we be in awe of your presence. I recite your names in silence, you deserve to be named this day ❤️ And to all the men who know how to value the women in their lives and respect them. And know not only to “protect” or “save” them out of fear of their “weakness” but thank you to those who understand to let their women shine and stand and speak for their own. Who aren’t afraid to watch the women in their lives blossom and grow. Those who aren’t afraid to listen and accept women as equal. Thank you to you ❤️ Being a woman is already a challenge on it’s own. To you, woman, I am proud! 💕
P.S. If Amihan were a real person I would wish her a happy internaional womens day today. I miss you everyday. You, although only a fictional character have also inspired me. 💙
May this day remind us not just of our power as women, but also of how we need rest and calm, how our hearts can break and take forever to heal, how we know and feel pain and can crumble under its weight, how we might embrace the wrong loves and spend our sweet time in denial, how we might wallow in hurt and waste time in anger, and how we can get up every day regardless because that’s just what we know to do. And if we choose to stay in bed, that’s good, too. Happy Women’s Day!
sierabearchell: Before MISS UNIVERSE, I had countless people telling me to lose weight and to work on my “fitness.” I almost felt like an outsider while I listened to people telling me to eat lean protein, only green vegetables and no fruit besides green apples. I was told to work on my legs because they were “too big”, narrow my waist, and get liposuction to make the entire process “easier.” I didn’t find any of this shocking because I heard similar things for years and it was ingrained in my mind to be accepted. BUT for the first time, I was able to hear and see how utterly ridiculous it all was. What was wrong with my body? Why should I change it when I like the way it is? Why am I trying to fit this image of what others have told me is beautiful? Why can’t my body be celebrated just the way it is? I am strong, healthy, fit and I like who I am. Why should I change who I am for the acceptance of what others believe to be beautiful? I was finally able to love myself for who I was and I was not going to go down the dark path of self deprivation and depreciation that I had been down so many times before. •Beauty, happiness and acceptance begins within and that is often the most difficult place to find it. Once we love ourselves for who we are, we can totally transform what it means to be happy. #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse#beautybeyondsize #everybodyisbeatiful