Your mother isn't always right. That being said, most of the tips your mom told you while you were growing up were actually Beauty myths. But this problem is a lot bigger than motherly advice. Classic beauty is tough to define because every culture has their own idea of beauty. Some countries favor the blonde, light skinned look; other countries are more likely to favor dark skin and dark hair. Big lips, thin lips, curly hair, straight hair. Stick thin, shapely, hairy, hairless. Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder and maybe that is why it is so darn confusing how we should make ourselves look. Fortunately, the best gift that we can be given as children is for our parents to tell us that we are beautiful. To instill that confidence in us, that makes us feel like we are something special. Whether it is true or not, it doesn't really matter because you cannot buy self-esteem in a jar. And you certainly cannot buy self-esteem by looking through a magazine of airbrushed, professionally made-up models that are definitely put on this earth to make us mere mortals feel inadequate. But that is for another article.
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