So this past week, I was invited to attend a really special event in NYC. It was on this absolutely *gorgeous* rooftop on the upper east side of Manhattan, complete with a pool, DJ, gourmet bites…
and a view of the city that literally took my breath away.
It was hosted by Gillette Venus.
Yes, as in the razors.
And if the jingle, “I’m your Venus, I’m your fire…” is playing in your head…me too, friend. Me too.
The purpose of the event, was to throw that familiar marketing message out the window. And instead, they’re adopting the slogan, My Skin, My Way.
Perhaps you saw my little marketing video on Instagram. If not, I’ll link it here…
But I think that’s really awesome: My Skin, My Way.
During my eating disorder, I was chasing the idea of “perfection” and striving for this unattainable standard of beauty, all the way to death’s door. In my soul, I was never enough — never thin enough, never pretty enough, never good enough. My worth and value as a person was solely linked to this notion of being “perfect.” And every airbrushed advertisement, and celebrity magazine cover fueled that spiral of destruction that became all consuming.
And it was only by the literal grace of God that I realized that my worth was not because of how I looked, or any achievement or accolade. There was nothing I could do to earn that worth and value. I was worthy and loved simply because I was made by God, and purchased by Christ on the Cross. Period.
The road to believing that, and truly embracing that truth has been long and arduous, if I’m being 100% honest.
Culture preaches a pretty hard “truth” when it comes to what it means to be a woman. All you have to do is turn on the TV, or scroll through Instagram, and you’ll quickly learn that to be beautiful is to be leggy, blond, well endowed and with perfect features — typically surgically enhanced.
So that’s why I was so excited to hear about Venus’ trailblazing efforts to change that.
This event was all about empowering women, and proclaiming that there is no longer a “one size fits all” standard of beauty. Women come in all shapes and sizes, colors, and creeds, and I couldn’t be more on board with their message of inclusivity.
Beauty is not just a 5’9″ barbie doll type. True beauty is found beneath the surface. To celebrate womanhood is to celebrate and embrace our uniqueness and I’m thrilled that Venus paving the way to shattering conventional beauty standards, one razor at a time.
At the end of the day, celebrating that which makes us unique – makes us special – makes us beautiful — is such a powerful message. One that truly can make a difference.
I’m proud to say, that I’ve come a long way in embracing the skin I’m in. I’ve grown to love the young woman staring back at me in the mirror — imperfections and all. And in fact, I’m actually finding myself wearing less and less makeup every day.
Because the truth is: I am beautiful. Every single one of us is. Our beauty shines from the inside, out. And I’m excited to share that with the world.
So three cheers to Venus, for changing the message.
My Skin, My Way
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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