We are more beautiful than we think

Posted Tuesday 23rd April 2013   By Ericka Waller

So Dove have a new ‘Real Beauty’ campaign out. They are asking women to sketch themselves, as they see themselves, and then an artist also sketches them, adding in the beauty they have missed. OK Dove artist, here is one for you. I’m not the best handicrafter in town admittedly, but I just did that scary iPhone thing where you turn the camera round to see you own face, and I am pretty sure this is exactly what was staring back at me.

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I’m quite pleased with it, it’s like Munch’s Scream, he just had more time to colour it in.

Seriously. I never thought I was all that and a bag of crisps, and that was before I had kids and my breasts sagged into ski slops and my tummy was replaced by fat in the shape of testicles.

Is this what Labyrinth and Emile Sande meant by their song “See beneath your beautiful’?

I don’t think so. I’d love to look in the mirror and see exquisiteness and poise, to notice the curve of my cheek or the sunlight dancing on my freckles, but I don’t.

I notice that my moustache has gotten so long it dances when I speak, and that my cheeks are covered in dried snot.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate my appearance. In fact, I think one of Shakespeare’s most famous love Sonnets was written just for me. It starts:

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head…

You get the gist. I like this poem. It makes me feel better about becoming infamous for not owning a hairbrush. Or for applying concealer but forgetting to blend it in,  for only having mascara on one eye.

My beauty has been squeezed out, like a tube of toothpaste and poured into my children. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of them – but I will never look in the mirror and swoon at myself, not would Dove ever make me cry with a ‘true sketch of my beauty’.

Is anyone else with me here?

(If you find me funny, why not vote for me in the Bibs (Brilliance in Blogging Awards). Mum In The South has been shortlisted in Funny, Family and Lifestyle. http://www.britmums.com/2013/04/bibs-shortlists-are-here/