Just image the mind-boggling amount of work that goes into creating the perfect Hollywood version of female beauty: makeup artists, fad diets, constricting undergarments, stylists, aestheticians, personal trainers, “treatments” (of all types) and on… And let’s not forget Photoshop to produce images of perfection on every magazine cover for women (and men) to ogle over.
Well, Melissa McCarthy has changed that, and then some!
You can only imaging that Hollywood is a very hard place to be if you’re an aspiring actor/comedian. I’m over the top impressed with Melissa’s in-your-face attitude that she is what she is, over-sized and all. It’s almost like a “Nee-ner-nee-ner” in-your-face taunt as she sticks her body up close and personal in movies, gets thrown around, and embraces comedic roles with wild abandon. She’s so fresh, so sassy, SO confident, and ridiculously funny.
She just rocks on so many levels, and offers a great role model for all those who think they need to be a Barbie look-alike to be successful, especially in the entertainment business.
One thing she has absolutely established through her honesty and confidence is that you can be whatever you want to be, as long as you believe in yourself. Confidence is an inside job; it’s not just the perception of what “we” or other people think you should look like or act like.
Who defines the perfect body or the perfect beauty, anyway? Good question. Why do we all get so caught up in the “brain-washing” that happens when the media and the beauty industry spend billions of dollars a year convincing women that they need to be thinner, younger and sexier? How much of our self-esteem depends on our appearance? Basing happiness on how we look can lead to failure and frustration; such an artificial assessment can get in the way of real happiness. Our self-worth is “worth” so much more than that!
It’s time to look in the mirror and say “I love myself just the way I am!” And let’s start with an honest assessment of ourselves. Here’s the real question: Are you happy and healthy? Positive body image involves understanding that healthy attractive bodies come in many shapes and sizes, and that physical appearance says very little about our character or value as a person.
So, let’s embrace Melissa’s quotes and adopt her sassy, healthy, happy attitude. Now, that’s what beautiful looks like!