While the power of media can have a negative effect on girls and women in today’s society, it can, however, also be a positive platform!
This is exactly what founder Erin Treloar of RAW beauty talks has started. A healthy conversation on self-love, self-acceptance, and confidence through her self-love online platform.
RAW Beauty Talks interviews females from all walks of life, and uses photos of them online without makeup, photoshop and filters.
They interview these courageous ladies and post the interviews on their site for the world to view.
What type of questions do these interviews entail?
The interviews entail questions such as, what is your definition of beautiful?
What part of aging scares you?
What part of aging excites you?
Have you ever struggled with insecurities, confidence and body image?
If so, do you have any advice to anyone who might be struggling?
These are just a few examples of some of the interview questions.
I’m almost certain that as you read these questions, especially the one about struggling with insecurities, you may probably feel that at some point in your life you could relate.
Despite the fact that all of the women interviewed have a different story to share, the similarities remain the same: Most women at one point or another have struggled with insecurities, confidence, and have felt ashamed of their body image.
The reason RAW Beauty Talks has resonated with me is that I too have struggled with low self-esteem, insecurities, and many times have felt ashamed of my body.
As a mother to three daughters, one of my deepest fears is my girls growing up with the same self-doubt and insecurities. And then I realized that if I was struggling, they would struggle.
I read a quote once by Naomi Wolf, “a mother that radiates self-love and acceptance vaccinates her daughters against low self-esteem.”
Aha! All I have to do is vaccinate them. But wait. It isn’t that easy.
For this reason, when I came across the RAW Beauty Talks on Instagram, I thought to myself this is a great idea. I’m going to post a picture with my tween daughter RAW. I also posted a picture with my toddler RAW.
Simply because I wanted to model to my daughters that I don’t need make-up to feel beautiful. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love to wear makeup! I just wanted them to know that their value goes beyond the surface.)
The laughter with my tween while we tried to get the right angle, and the cheek to cheek cuddle with my toddler while we took ours was beautiful-the real beauty was in the moment.
These are memories that we created and my hope is that they will look back on these photos one day, and see a beautiful memory of us in our younger days.
I’m pretty sure they aren’t going to think, oh my goodness, we don’t no makeup on.
My daughters are perfectly content every single day just being alive. They don’t look in the mirror as soon as they wake up and start body shaming. They wake up eager and excited to start their day and you rarely hear them complain about what they don’t have.
They are enough. They have enough.
Sometimes we need to remember that once upon a time, we felt this way too.
Did I feel a little apprehensive about posting a picture of myself RAW?
I certainly did.
When I shared with everyone how I look without make-up, my thoughts were perhaps they won’t think I’m beautiful any longer. And then my thoughts that followed after my finger hit the post button were: who cares and wow that felt good! It took courage and confidence and it felt truly very empowering.
I don’t go RAW every day and I still love make-up. I just know that my beauty goes deeper than my exterior.
This is inner beauty and this type of beauty is attainable.
Thank you RAW Beauty Talks for starting a real conversation about self-love, self-confidence, and self-acceptance. You ARE changing the negative effects media has on our young girls, one interview at a time.