Author’s note – This poem addresses feminism, insecurity, beauty standards and superficial media. Read this with an open mind, and learn what women of this age and before constantly go through.
I’m female, and beautiful as I am,
No need for makeup, sparkle and glam,
Yet you say this and then into my hands you shove,
Cosmetics and makeup that I’m supposed to ‘love‘.
I’m a female, and you tell me to be natural,
You say it as a thought so radical,
‘Be yourself, don’t change’, these are your words,
Yet I have to conform to your beauty standards.
What happened to respecting what lay inside?
Sure we say it, but by your words do you abide?
Don’t you judge those people based on what they wear?
Don’t you hurl insults about people if they’re not young and fair?
Why can’t you see past that first impression?
It’s hard, I’ll admit. This is my confession,
It’s hard to remove from our judgment these norms,
It’s hard to see beauty come in so many forms.
But it’s there, whatever the media says,
Those face creams may make you feel better in ways,
But you must know, that’s what they want you to believe,
They sell products through the insecurity they weave.
Are you dark-skinned? Fat? Wrinkly everywhere?
Is your dream to be like that model – so gorgeous and fair?
Beauty can’t come in one size, we’re all unique,
So give up joining that fake high school ‘beauty‘ clique.
Give up that insecurity, begin with your mindset,
Give up the judgement, and you’ll be set.
Give up that fake kind of insecure beauty,
Give up all this and the difference you’ll see.
Don’t let people make you feel odd and misplaced,
We’re all working our way to this standard in haste,
Just pause, think about all your good features,
Good qualities only lie in the best and beautiful creatures.
Compare that look to your kindness,
To your dreams and your happiness,
No cream can make you beautiful internally,
There is no secret, superficially.
I’m female, and exposed to pretty girls,
Princesses, ball gowns and dress twirls.
But forget this female training, this system is old,
Forget all that outdated stuff, this advice is gold.
Yes, you’re a woman, a girl – a female.
But my inner beauty you can’t find in shops, on sale,
It comes from within, not bought off a shelf.
That confidence, respect and love is enough for yourself.