I watch the local news every morning. Even on the weekends. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, though probably not by choice back then. I’ve grown to know the faces on my screen and as the years go by I’ve watched them get married, have children, and like we all do – age. I’ve grown up with these people.
The channel I watch has a diverse team – some young, some old. They are from all walks of life and most of them grew up in the Bay Area. They know the people and places. They have a reputation for being professional while at the same time you can see they enjoy one another.
They are also very engaging with their fans – both in person and online. They post videos and share personal stories. It gives you a little glimpse into who they are when the “cameras” aren’t on. They are role models to our youth and remind us adults that they are human too.
There is one anchor who is always talking about her appearance. It’s innocent saying things like “I don’t have my lip gloss on yet” and “I look awful” when someone unexpectedly turns the camera on her. But here’s the thing. This woman is absolutely GORGEOUS. I means she is stunning. The reason I comment at all is this:
I think instead of drawing attention to her “flaws” she should embrace them. No, it’s not easy, but she’s a public figure and has an incredible opportunity to show young girls how to embrace their beauty, flaws and all. How to be comfortable in your own skin and secure in who you are. I’m almost 40 and for most of my life I struggled with this. I would pick myself apart for no reason at all. Someone would compliment me and I would respond with something negative about myself. It’s not healthy and it only kept me down.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned to be more secure with who I am. Not just my appearance, but who I am at the core. I had to stop apologizing for being myself and start living as me. It was one of the most freeing things I’ve ever experienced. It’s been three years since that shift. Now I’m a better mom, girlfriend, employee, friend, daughter, etc. I bring something special to the table, and I know that just because someone may disagree, that doesn’t change.
Why do we have to pick ourselves apart? Doesn’t it take the same amount of energy to find something good than it does to find the bad? I bet if you do you’ll walk away feeling just a little bit better about yourself.
To the ladies on my local morning news – Pam, Gasia, Claudine, Rosemary, Janine, (and anyone else I’ve forgotten) – you are all beautiful women. Keep up the awesome work and keep those men in check.