This is me without makeup, my natural hair, and wearing a t-shirt. I never wear makeup, but sometimes I’m tempted to because I just think I’m not pretty without it. Same goes with straightening my hair every day, and wearing a “cute” outfit. I feel like I’ll never be considered pretty if I don’t do these things, and sometimes I gaze into the mirror with despair, disappointed by what I see. My teeth are uneven and I have the annoying characteristic of getting bags under my eyes, along with a minor acne problem. To make matters worse, I go to a school where it seems as though most of the girls walk around looking like supermodels. I feel different and…yes…ugly. But looking at these pictures on this website, and the other girls that are brave enough not to wear makeup, I realize that I’m not different. Those wanna-be ‘models’ are different. They’re fake. I’m not–I’m embracing my God-given beauty, because this is how He meant me to look and He must have a reason for it. Honestly, I believe that makeup should be outlawed; because then guys wouldn’t be misled by outer “beauty” and would have to go on more than a pretty face.

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    1. Kelsi, you are so beautiful!! I LOVE your eyes and smile!! 🙂 And I completely agree!! All the made-up celebrities in the world have caused people to believe that you have to have to be flawless to be beautiful, and that is so not true!! It’s gotten to if a guy can’t look at a girl and see a remake of the “perfect” (fake) girl he sees on t.v, then he isn’t interested.

    2. You look great! I don’t know why you would ever doubt your beauty! And I totally agree; guys should look for girls based on who they are, but if you look in the right places, there are some guys who do that. (: I hope the best for you, and keep your chin up in school! Be proud that God made you who you are!

    3. Hun. One thing, you are beautiful. Secondly, those teeth, they don’t look crooked at all. Believe me, I know crooked teeth. Before I got braces, my bottom teeth went in-between my two front teeth. I had them on for ten months (not long but it was only to fix the bite) and I’ll have to get them on for another year or two soon, so that my teeth even look decent. I know how having “crooked” teeth feels. It’s discuraging sometimes. You think, “My smile could look so much prettier if they looked like this” or “if they looked like that” etc. But believe, that smile you have is so natural, so pretty, and so big (big smiles are the best) that you’re teeth don’t matter. 🙂 Good luck at your school. And here’s something that will help. Every morning before you do your makeup and hair, and at night when you’ve taken it all off, tell yourself “I. Am. Beautiful.” It helps. Lots. 🙂

    4. I can to relate to you in so many ways. I find my self thinking just like that all the time. Something my mom shared with me, is that God loves and has created all of us beautifully. It was good. Most of the girls in my school are very beautiful and I often find my myself comparing myself to them. Most of them walking around talking about how beautiful they are. What truly matters is our heart and that is what God truly cares about. You are very beautiful. May god bless you in so many ways. <3

    5. Hi other Kels:)
      I know *exactly* how you feel. I do wear makeup every day. Powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara and chapstick. I used to be homeschooled and never wore makeup except when I went out. I began just wearing a little here and there, and I had to start going to public school so I wear it every day. I adored not doing my hair or wearing makeup all summer break. But now that I’m back I feel like I have to. Makeup is supposed to be worn to enhance your natural beauty and make you feel good.That’s always what I told myself. But now makeup doesn’t make me happy because I feel like I am not pretty without it:/ My best guy friends have told me I am but I still wear it. And the girls at school buy all the expensive brands, clothes cosmetics etc. I don’t and can’t. I don’t fit into their crowd and I’m glad of that. I don’t want to. But at the same time I too still feel different and second best. I do my best not to be fake, because I don’t want to deceive the guy I will eventually marry. I am trying to get myself off the push-up bras and things but it’s so hard. I can’t seem to find the strength to free myself from the makeup.Thank you so much for your post. I hope I can work up to being the strong beautiful awesome woman of God you are:)
      God Bless<3

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