By: Luana Mattos, Guest Blogger
This is my first post for IATG and to be honest, I was struggling about what words to use. The biggest irony is that I wanted to talk about confidence and here I am, insecure about what you will think of me, because first impressions matter, right? Like the first day of high school, you know. We wear our best outfit, we show off our new shoes and new haircut. We try to make a good impression, we think twice before speaking because we know that what we say in that day will define the rest of the year.
However, I wonder how that is possible. How can first impressions define us? In fact, I think that first impressions not only label us but also limit us from being us at our fullest potential. So, if you are still reading this, I want to say thank you. Thank you for not letting your first impression of me stop you from getting to know me better.
As the title implies, I am from Brazil, born and raised. Thanks to the World Cup the entire world now has the chance to learn more about my country and honestly, I hope this will break some taboos about our people as well. Because it is kind of hard to fulfill the world's expectation specially when it comes to how Brazilian girls look like.
If you Google "Brazilian girl" you might find beautiful tanned women wearing tiny bikinis, this, my dearest readers is the reason why Brazil holds second place in aesthetic plastic surgeries. Our girls are trying to be the next Gisele Bündchen instead of being the first themselves.
What these girls don't know is that Gisele is that thin because of her DNA, not because she starves herself or because she spends her day in the gym. She was born that way and she was smart enough to choose to be herself in the best way she could find. I will never be like Gisele or any other super model, I have curves and it doesn't matter how many diets I go on, these curves won't go away, I know this because I tried it and failed, I failed at being who I wasn't meant to be.
You can be the next someone else's or you can be the first YOU. By choosing to be the next whoever you admire the most, you're missing the chance to be the first irreplaceable version of yourself! It's important to know that there's only one of your kind, even if you have a twin, you are essentially unique. Don't let the standards or stereotypes prevent you from being who you are! Don't let first impressions or someone else's expectations define what you are capable of doing or become. Be that kind of girl that is beyond appearances.
Embrace what is AHmazing and unique about YOU!
- Name three things you love about yourself.
- How can we change self and body acceptance?
- Name three things that make you unique.
Luana is Christian girl whose faith inspires her to be the best version of herself every day. Besides her work as an administrative supervisor, she is a freelance journalist and writes a column about real life experiences, focusing on topics relevant to social projects, volunteer work, and awareness campaigns for the Brazilian website www.hollywoodeaqui.com. She also had the opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, Wm. Paul Young and L. J. Smith.