As a young child, I loved the Disney Princesses.Although they are just animations, to me they were who I wanted to be when I grew up.I would dress up and sing Disney songs, hoping my prince would come and take me away, and we would live happily ever after. Real life is far from a fairy-tale and sometimes we don’t get that happily ever after we would all like.

As much as I loved the Disney Princesses, they weren’t real people and so I took a look at the celebrities around me, like Emma Bunton, Avril Lavigne or Drew Barrymore. Like Emma, I too was blonde and blue eyed and I instantly knew she was the person who I wanted to be. I would dress like her, wear my hair like most girls did in nineties. I was a Junior Baby Spice! I liked Avril because she was different from the likes of Britney and Christina. She was a tomboy and wore baggy trousers and sung about Skater Boys and at the age of twelve, Skater Boys were extremely cool! Throughout my teens, I was still obsessed with Avril Lavigne. I simply wanted to be her. She didn’t care what people thought of her, she wore what she wanted to and sang about things I could relate to. I wore my hair like Avril and wore black eye make-up that made me look like a panda.When she changed her image, I decided I didn’t want to be her anymore. To my disappointment, there was no one else. I had to settle with being me. Little did I know how much fun it would be.

I have grown into a person who doesn’t care how people see her. I still love being different. If you are true to yourself, you can be happy. Sometimes we don’t like the way we look and today we can pay to change our look. We can get breast implants or get our lips filled, but all for a price. People spend so much money on trying to be beautiful, when in fact they are already beautiful, withnothing to change. Everyone has their own opinions n what is beautiful.I’m not a fan of skinny models in magazines because it promotes women as slim and ‘flawless’. It suggests that you’re not beautiful unless you’re a UK size eight, six or four. Anything bigger than that, you are simply not as beautiful. It’s the wrong message to send to young girls growing up,turning into women. So many women become ill or even die due to anorexia or bulimia because of the pressure to be skinny. It doesn’t help that many of today’s celebrities are underweight and you can see their diet plans on the front page of magazines. There’s a difference between being healthy and being skinny. I’m a UK size eight to twelve (depending on where I shop!) and I don’t particularly eat healthily. I’m also far too lazy to exercise;the thought of doing several press-ups makes me feel tired before I’ve even begun! And I like cake too much to limit myself to one slice a fortnight. Despite this, I’m happy with my weight!

It’s not just the media that makes us unhappy with who we are, it can also be friends or people we know. Spiteful comments or remarks can make us feel uncomfortable with who we are. Sometimes the best thing to do is to ignore everything.It’s hard when you feel pressured into changing things that make you unique. I have been told that I need to lose weight and that I should dress a certain way. At times I have thought they are right. Sometimes a little advice is great but if it stops you from being you then is it really good advice? If you want bright hair, who cares if people moan that it’s too bright or too orange. If you like that extra slice of pizza when it’s going spare, who cares! When you are confident in yourself, then you’ll be happier! I have big blonde hair that usually sticks up no matter how many times I try to straighten it and make it stay. I wear big glasses and red lipstick, which is something I can’t be without. I look like I should be in a children’s cartoon but I’m me and I love It. There is no one else like me at all and it’s great!

I don’t know what the key to happiness is, but being true to yourself has got to be a part of it. You can have green hair and wear pink lipstick, as long as you are happy then that’s all that matters! If you worry about what others will think and keep yourself from shining then you’ll never be happy and you’ll regret it! Being you means being honest with yourself. Sometimes that means change and it’s scary. Change often is scary and it makes us uncomfortable to even think about it. We like being comfortable and having an everyday routine but sometimes that doesn’t make us happy, we just pretend we are. Sometimes we look at those around us and think ‘If only I can be you’ but no matter how much we hope and want it, it will never happen, you are you and nothing you can do will ever change that fact!

A quote I love is by Krystal Volney: “Why compare yourself to others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.”It’s true. Don’t be Kim Kardashian or Lady Gaga, be you. The more you are true to yourself, the more you’ll feel confident in yourself! Don’t let society tell you how to be you, tell society who you are!

Writer: Kayleigh Romanov Von Reuss              Twitter: Twitter                  Photographer: Semra Sevin

Thanks for the support and love 🙂      Your REglam Team xx

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2 Responses

  1. Chupacabra

    When I see your face There’s not a thing that I would change ‘Cause girl you’re amazing Just the way you are

  2. admin

    Thanks Chupacabra! True the title totally reminds us of James Blunt’s song 😀
    cheers to you, sem


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