Have you accepted your body as it is? Illustrator Marie Boiseau teaches us with her unique characters.
Luscious lips, eyebrows on fleek, body shimmer, and cat eyes, this is how beauty's expectations are stamped on your face. These expectations live in your brain but they weren't born there, they were brought to you by society, telling you to buy all the products out there in order for you to feel beautiful. Beauty is now all about momentary pleasure that quickly fades once you pass the wet wipe over your face.
True beauty is not about expectations or fleeting pleasure, it's about a bone deep satisfaction. When you look at the mirror, do you feel that?
Beauty ideals are not going away, they'll stay with you always but under a different guise every single time. Here it is not a matter of how you look but how you feel, and if you stand up against those ideals that simply don't suit who you are bone deep. It can be a little thing, like the peach fuzz that grows around your belly button or your legs after a week of not shaving. Are you repelled when you look at them? If so, why? Why must you feel uncomfortable by such inconsequential things? I guess the answer is simple, you're not satisfied.
So, where can you get this inspiration and feel safe in your own body and skin? I guess, rather than looking at glossy pictures, we start by illustrations that take you by the hand and drag you to the mirror and say, "look how awesome you really are."
With this in mind, I came across the work of French artist Marie Boiseau who illustrates women who are in the process of learning their inner awesomeness or are fierce warriors. Yes, the struggles are still there and the vulnerability, but it makes this bone deep satisfaction even more precious. Her work is definitely body positive but rather than waving the activist flag around, there's something luscious and dramatic.
Yeah, body positivity gets a lot of hate on social media, but rather than constantly roasting people, why can't we support healthy lifestyles and build people up rather than push them down?
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Like Keats said, beauty is eternal, it's not physical but rather spiritual, and it's nourishing. Beauty is a stillness in spirit, which translates into you knowing who you are and accepting every aspect of yourself. Beauty is also about growth and that with time it becomes even more stunning, and you, as you become older, will become lovelier, because with every step you'll be learning a different facet of your self.
So, the answer is simple when it comes to beauty: be kind, wild, and you. Embrace your vulnerability and all your thorny sides because the greatest company you will ever keep is your own in this life.
If you want to see more of her inspiring work, take a look at her official Instagram account: @marieboiseau
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