Looking at my first photograph, I can't help but instantly focus on some of my flaws - from my crooked front teeth, to my large forehead and frizzy hair - all things I have spent far too long crying over in my lifetime. Despite focusing on my imperfections at first glance, I really do love this picture. I actually think I look rather beautiful, and that's not something I often say about myself. Maybe it's just my current mindset that is making me feel this way, tomorrow I might not even like this photograph, but all that matters is right now I do, and I am so proud of how far I have come with my confidence and body image over the last few years. I'm learning to love myself for who I am, because after all, I can't change the way I look (well, I can within reason) so I may as well just embrace my appearance and spend less time worrying and more time being happy. Plus, who doesn't want to prove their bullies wrong? I may not be some people's idea of beautiful, but I'm not doing half bad in my life.
The one thing I am so happy to say is currently not on my list of 'flaws' is my skin. Since the beginning of September I've been changing my lifestyle and diet to help improve my general well-being and complexion, and so far things really seem to be working, This is the best my skin has looked in ages, and (fingers crossed!) hopefully it will be staying this way for a long time. I plan to share a little more of what steps I've been taking to be happier and healthier in a future post, so do look out for that! Also, I can't end this post without mentioning my jumper - it's now the cosiest thing I own by far. Topshop, you've done well. Love, Jazmine.