You are Beautiful! | beauty

Apr 21, 2015 by

You are Beautiful! | beauty

Teen girls are hurting themselves in the name of beauty, and it is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a very long time. It was all over social media this morning and its pretty heartbreaking! Why does beauty have so many constrictions and expectations?

Take a look at the Kylie Jenner Challenge .

The overall premise is this:

  • Grab a shot glass.
  • Place over mouth.
  • Suck really hard.
  • Leave for ridiculous amount of time.
  • Remove to reveal voluptuous, plump lips…..

  Or serious bruising and scar tissue.

The idea is that by creating an air lock on their mouth they will be left with the perfect, full, pouty lips they see on TV stars…. They are 12 and 13 years old. They want to be beautiful and fit in. They are not very smart.

For some reason this idea took off over the weekend. When I walked into my classroom this morning I had two 7th graders with bruises and scars. What????!!!

Apparently teenagers everywhere are trying to replicate the look of reality TV start Kylie Jenner. Although she is lovely, the students in my classroom this morning with bruised and swollen lips are not. I cannot fathom why they think this is a good idea, and it makes me very sad. Beauty is not on the outside, beauty reflects the whole person!

I want to tell them they are beautiful. They are perfect. They are loved.I want to tell them they are beautiful. They are perfect. They are loved. Click To Tweet

And so, here is my open letter to teenage girls everywhere:

Dear Teenage Girl:

I know that being a teenager is confusing and awful and hard. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel sexy, wanting to feel important, or wishing people would notice you. I hope you feel empowered to do whatever you want to do to stand out, be noticed, change the world… but I hope you do so in healthy ways, in ways that you can feel proud of. I hope you develop the confidence it takes to be able to distinguish the inner beauty you possess, and to notice the beauty of strangers. I hope you grow up to be kind, and to appreciate the world around you. Mostly, today, I hope you know that:

  • You are beautiful and talented and full of potential.
  • You do not need to emulate ridiculous reality TV stars.
  • Suctioning a glass bottle to your lips is a very, very bad idea.
  • None of the Kardashians are role models.




Open Letter to Teenage Girls | | Kylie Jenner Challenge

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  1. I saw something about this on a link site spoofing the Kardashian/Jenners this is nuts, what a great role model they continue to be. Our girls are beautiful, and if they are patient it will come, it is so sad how quickly our kids want to grow up. Just sad.

    • It makes me sad since I teach junior high to see how badly these girls want to fit in and to be accepted.

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