Who is it who decides whether or not you feel pretty?
Is it your mum and her opinion on whether you’ve lost enough weight or cut your hair in the most flattering way? Is it your ex boyfriend, who liked you best when your face was made up and your waist a certain size? Is it the lady at the shops who hands you the change room tag with an arch look at the size 18 or size 8 hangers in your hand?
Or is it the little voice in the back of your head that pipes up when you bend a certain way…when you catch sight of yourself in a mirror first thing in the morning or last thing at night…when you’ve eaten too much or too little…when your dress seems to sit wrong, your hair won’t style, your skin breaks out?
Isn’t it terribly difficult sometimes to see the beauty in ourselves?
I don’t have a perfect answer for you – a guaranteed, expert-approved process for loving yourself and seeing out your own potential. Nor do I have a proven pathway for changing the way we as humans tend to judge each other, sometimes as hard as we judge ourselves.
What I do have is a request that, at least for one day, we all try to be a little kinder, both to ourselves and to each other.
Pinup and retro style isn’t just for the people with the perfect, tiny waists and buoyant bust; the picture perfect victory rolls and the clear skin. It is – or at least it should be – something that is open to any and all people who are interested in it.
If it makes you happy, then pinup/retro style is for you. It’s that simple.