Insecurities

This is her. Beautiful right?!

I was watching TLC’s (love that channel, by the way) What Not to Wear a few nights ago and it featured a 23 year old Asian girl called Beryl, with a career in design! It was ironic how the way she presented herself was not correlated with the creativity she puts in her work. I found her naturally very pretty.. She has nice facial features, had washed-out pink hair, a gorgeous smile… but boy, if anyone thought that I lacked style… she was a bit beyond me. She was black and white themed, with broken pants, baggy shirts and combat-looking boots; like she selected her clothes from the hobo’s trashcan. If I saw her on the streets, I would think she was the rebellious type who stirred up hell at home, then ran away and left with no money to maintain her image. But she turned out to be a really sweet, easy-going, beautiful girl. When she first appeared on screen, I laughed a little inside, but she did remind me a lot of myself.

Just like me, she had quite an awkward teenage-hood, where for a period of time, we felt ugly. When that stage passes, people start to become pretty again and lady-like, but it’s easy to let those nasty mentalities carry through. Growing up into a young adult, Beryl accepted the fact that she couldn’t look beautiful like other girls, which was mind-blowing to me, because I found her a lot more stunning than many. In order to hide that, she down-graded her appearance to not draw any attention to herself. That was her justification for her clothing. She didn’t want to think about it in the morning and she didn’t want to prove herself through first impressions. In a way, she had a point, but she took it to the extreme. At the end of the show, she looked really great. They made her try on new clothing that actually fits her size, new dresses, new colours, new shoes and even new hair. It was funny because she was really reluctant at first. When they took her shopping, she would go to the clothes in store that most resembled her previous ones. But after looking herself in the mirror with a flashy dress, she loved it. It never occurred to her that she could look good in a dress. Say what?! It goes to show the depth of people’s insecurities. No matter how appealing we are to others, if we don’t see it, we don’t know it.

I always tell myself that if I had a face like that, or a body shape like that, I would totally wear that too! But in reality, I related to everything she said and I understood where she was coming from. For me, it was hard diving into fashion and to find my own style. I still don’t really know my style. I attended a private all-girls school for 11 years where we had to wear uniforms everyday. So I was spared from the headache of deciding what to wear in the morning. For the majority of my teenage years, up to just a few years back, I was a bit of a tomboy where I didn’t have that feminine mindset. I wore over-sized T-shirts, baggy pants, large sweaters and the same sneaker for like 4 years straight. Dresses, skirts, heels, purses were completely out of the question. But when I do see pieces of clothing that I like, I never thought that I could wear it. I would love it on other girls, but never on myself. A big part of my reserved style is struggling to accept my body. I’ve always been insecure, especially about my legs. I’ve always been told by my family how huge and elephant they are, and the fact that they are ghost-white doesn’t help at all. So a lot of my decision in what to wear comes from trying to hide them. But over the last 4-5 years, I’ve come a long way. With influence from many honest friends, and now a very loving special someone ;) , they’ve boosted my confidence to see that I can wear what everyone wears. I don’t know if I actually slimmed down these few years or that I see myself completely differently. I’d like to think it’s a both.

On another happy (or sad) note: I’m going back to school in Fall.

Cheers!

Regi

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3 thoughts on “Insecurities

  1. Hello Regi.

    I am very happy to hear that you feel more confident at finally trying what other girls wear. I mean why shouldn’t you be? What makes them more special than you? Absolutely nothing!!! Beauty does not come from fashion, it comes from within you. It is the personality that makes one beautiful. Sadly, a lot of women like beryl (and perhaps yourself before) think otherwise. Having a perfect body and wearing sexy clothes does not necessarily make one look attractive if that person has character issues. I am just glad that you are trying on new things now. If you like flashy dresses go for it! If you like high heels go for it!! If you like granny style…, you know what to do hehe. I truly believe that you will look great with anything you wear as long as you believe in yourself. Don’t ever let those “haters” comments affect you. If Beryl can do it, so can you! I am sure your friends would agree. Especially that very loving special someone ;).

    P.S. Good luck at school!

  2. hello dear regi, like to share a bit of my experience

    it took me over twenty years to ‘ignore’ others comment on me, and another twenty years to ‘transform’ others comment on me; the fact of life is that there always are people on both sides, and the sad part is that one negative comment could weight lot more than many positive comments; i learnt a few things

    1. i tried this : embrace the positive comments and join those positive people, ignore the negative comments and left those negative people, this failed me disastrously when a close positive friend burst out a probably most honest comment, i totally collapsed

    2. i do not know exactly how and when that i can ignore any comments, one day, they (both the words and the people) lost their power on me, for me, maybe this is the only way out, suddenly i was lifted into paradise where i do not cry nor feel bitter of anything including any comments and looks, strange but real, hard to understand, but easy to enjoy

    3. maybe i realize sometimes people dislike me because others dislike them, people discriminate me because they have been discriminated, people laugh at my white hair because they really like white hair and they can only have black ones, people laugh at your elephant leg because they have elephant arms, probably similar to people see you have a spike in your eye when they have a log in theirs; this is not self-comforting mindset, nor positive thinking; sit down and talk to people, ask them why do they make those comments; or observe how and when people comment on others

    4. i believe it is when i finally meet God at a place where i was still looking for people’s approval and failed, there are no perfect people, but there is one perfect God

    more …

    pastor gum

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