Being Beautiful !

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself” – the late fashion designer Coco Chanel

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – the late spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s wonderful how both a famous fashion designer and a renowned spiritual teacher consistently describe what beauty is!

True Role Models

A recent tabloid article on fashion models caught my attention and hence, my writing about it in this post. Throughout the years of my blog, I have periodically described about the shift in human consciousness on this planet. What this means is that more and more people are changing their attitudes and perspective of life itself, resulting in many positive changes in our modern day society. Naysayers will be quick to discount this notion and say “Look at all the chaos and strife that still exist… how can one say that things are changing for the better?” Here’s where my disclaimer comes into play – the shift is not over yet, as awakening of humans is a process. When more people realise what’s truly important in life and their relationship with others, their action will undoubtedly change.

Coming back to the aforementioned article, it was written that models these days are not just about looks. The stereotype of them being narcissistic is slowly changing as quite a few models these days openly raise awareness on a range of subjects e.g. overcoming eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, warding off unwanted sexual advances, improving self-worth, advocating sustainability and living a green lifestyle. Legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell has been lending her voice to issues of racism on and off runway. She was even quoted as saying “The time has come to build a more equitable (fashion) industry with a good form of checks and balances.” She opines that racial diversity should not be just a trend.

Russian model Natalia Vodianova is a philanthropist and a strong advocate for sustainability and wears a reusable face mask. In February 2021, she was named United Nations (UN) goodwill ambassador. At a press conference, she uttered “I look forward to continuing my work to tackle the myths and taboos that billions of women, girls and vulnerable young people have to live with and raise the standards of women’s health and dignity.” People like her are indeed a model in every sense of the word – a model for propagating a continuous positive shift of consciousness in humanity.