As a photographer who has taken self-portraits throughout my life, it was very natural for me to start taking ‘selfies’ with my phone – after all, I’ve been doing it for years with ‘real cameras.’
The idea of a “selfie” sometimes evokes a negative reaction from people. Maybe they think it’s narcissistic, an example of how social media is ruining the world. For me, this video is a must-see for anyone interested in girl’s and women’s self image – it really illustrates how the act of photographing ourselves can be an act of empowerment, a way of claiming our unique Beauty for ourselves, as well as how insecurities are passed on from generation to generation.
One of the young women in the video states, “I was surprised when I heard the girls talk about their insecurities. When they said they were insecure about things, those were the things that made them different, but the things that made them different made them unique, and that made them beautiful”.
As Sophia Loren said many moons ago, “the Beauty of each person is found in their imperfections.”
What a wise child to come up with that on her own, from her own heart…but it is a TRUTH…and if taking Selfies can help girls have a more self loving experience going through their teen years, or hell, 50 teen in my case, I think it’s a wonderful thing.
Jessica Lovejoy of the Huffington Post makes the point that “we are creating our own definition of Beauty” – one with which I whole heartedly agree. For more on the positive effects of Selfie-ing, Click here for the full article.
This Valentine’s Day, I invite you to take a self loving selfie, by yourself or with your mom, daughter, or loved ones and take a moment to celebrate wonderful glorious alive YOU, wherever you are on your journey to self love…Claim your birthright, your DIVINE BEAUTY <3
For more on my journey to self love through photography, click HERE XO