I've been excited about this for quite some time.
This is one of the reasons I started this blog, and decided that the best way to infiltrate the mainstream with reality is through hashtags. So, I created #fleshoutbeauty.
This isn't a fad, this isn't a trend right now. It's the beauty and reality of humanity.
Too often, those that are "different" than the main stream version of humans are featured differently in print, in ads, television, etc. "The Plus Size" models of the world, the "disabled" sections. All become engrained in our minds as "different," and let's face it, somehow "not as good" as the mainstream.
Well, I don't know about you but I'm tired of it. I'm tired of not feeling like I'm good enough, or that anyone I know and love is somehow not good enough.
I think it's time that we celebrated the things we think are beautiful, intrinsically in ourselves. That scar that you try to hide, maybe your legs, or your eyes, whatever.
Identify the part of yourself that you find beautiful -- not that mainstream ideology tells you is beautiful -- something you really love about yourself, and post it using #fleshoutbeauty -- I'm going to do the same, without any type of filter or editing.
Living in a day where adjustment apps are used by so many (faces can be made thinner, skin smoother, boobs bigger), we need to remember and reclaim the beauty of our humanity.
This, of course, is the beauty of "imperfection" -- the things that are actually perfect, but have been made to be considered "imperfect" by someone else. Take back your voice. Get your flesh out, and let's flesh out the meaning of beauty.