Last year, I wrote a letter to my 15-year-old self.
“I promise you you’re going to love yourself one day. More than you thought you ever could. You’re going to embrace your brown skin, black hair, and all that comes along with being Latina.”
As a teen, I truly hated the body I was in. I was awkward, thought I was fat, I wore braces, battled acne, dealt with frizzy hair, and my mom dressed me. I was miserable and I thought no boy would ever love me. Yeah, it was that bad.
Today, that teenager is long gone. I love my dark wavy hair, my almond shaped brown eyes, my strong legs, my tan skin, and my plus size body. And I have someone who truly loves me for who I am.
Please know, that this post isn’t about being arrogant or conceited. Rather, it’s about self-love and body confidence.
We’re always so quick to point out the negative when it comes to our bodies. Especially, when we get mixed messages every day on what is considered beautiful. I wanted to show you that it is possible to love yourself—inside and out. I just needed a little help to prove it.
I asked 17 beautiful Latinas—of all ages, sizes, and shapes, what they love the most about their body. I discovered the most amazing thoughts on self-love and body confidence. I know it wasn’t easy to share, and I want to thank all of the women below. I even had one person decline, stating there was nothing she liked about herself. That made me incredibly sad.
So, I have a challenge for you…