Nowadays, the media loves Barbie dolls. If you don’t look like one – skinny and thin with big boobs, wide hips and a flawless face, you are doomed. You are ugly. You are not cool. Well, that is so wrong.

It’s saddening to see people go overboard losing weight until they have anorexia. Some girls crying to get plastic surgery when they are just 15 or 16 years old. Everyone seems to be a prisoner of this unrealistic beauty standard.

It’s time to stand up for yourself. You were born beautiful. No one has the right to judge you. Here are 15 handpicked quotes to help you break free from the irrational perceptions of beauty and learn to appreciate and love the natural you.

 

“You’re damned if you’re too thin and you’re damned if you’re too heavy. According to the press I’ve been both. It’s impossible to satisfy everyone and I suggest we stop trying.” Jennifer Aniston

 

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.” Marilyn Monroe

 

“Don’t change your body to get respect from society. Instead let’s change society to respect our bodies.” Golda Poretsky

 

“I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. I don’t find thin girls attractive; Be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.” Adele

 

“After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.’” Anna Quindlen

 

“I think fitting in is highly overrated. I’d rather just fit out… Fitting out means being who you are, even when people insist that you have to change. Fitting out means taking up space, not apologizing for yourself, and not agreeing with those who seek to label you with stereotypes.” Golda Poretsky

 

“You will never look like the girl in the magazine. The girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine.” Jessiemae Peluso

 

“I don’t need plastic in my body to validate me as a woman.” Courtney Love

 

“Plastic surgery can’t make you younger or more beautiful, because beauty is in your eyes, isn’t it? It’s in your soul; you can’t strap it on.” Sarah Parish

 

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

 

“Perfect is boring, human is beautiful.” Tyra Banks

 

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.” Audrey Hepburn

 

“One woman filled with self love and self acceptance is a model more super than any cover girl.” Amy Leigh Mercree

 

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl

 

“I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.” J.K. Rowling

Bonus

I didn’t save the best for last. This is just a funny one to make you smile… and think.

“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.” Joan Rivers

Want to know what true beauty really is? 21 Lessons From Lizzie Velasquez, Who Is Actually Amazingly Beautiful

Featured photo credit: Sarah Smile – StooMathiesen via flic.kr

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