Category: Body Image

Solange Van Doorn

“My mom is a girl from New York, and my dad is a strong, sturdy Dutchman. I grew up with dual citizenship, and I still don’t have a grasp on American beauty standards. It used to be about having blonde hair, blue eyes, skinny-girl stuff, but now it’s like if you are true to yourself and an individual, you’re beautiful. As a girl who’s happiest in an oversize T-shirt and seawater in my hair, I’m pleased with that.” -Allure

 

Viola Davis

“If I could tell my 13-year-old self anything, I would tell he that she was enough. I wasted so much time listening to the naysayers. An I just wish I had listened to the other voices of people saying that I was beautiful and talented. I always thought that when you listen to that you were conceited, but I wish I had listened to that more. I wish I has pranced through the world with just hoity-toity confidence and overexuberance.” -People 

Viola Davis

“I’m definitely teaching Genesis that beauty is within. I mean, we have got to get past physical beauty, selfies, even though I’ve taken a selfie in my day. But I always say, ‘Genesis, your heart and your head are the two most important parts of you.’ The physical falls away. The things that you can take with you that really are of value have nothing to do with the physical.” -People 

Nathalie Emmanuel

“Not everyone is going to be kind, and not everyone is going to be respectful on social media. Sometimes those comments can get into the psyche, but I am not going to go crazy because of some keyboard warrior somewhere. That doesn’t stop me wanting to be who I am or say what I think or do the things I do.  I workout and I aim for health- I don’t aim to be skinny. I’m over that sort of pressure. I just want to feel good. Yoga helps me de-stress, and meditation has helped me identify things that I need to heal from. That has made me a much happier and more confident person. I’m very proud of my journey, I’m just being myself, and that’s all I can try to do.” People Magazine