What Is Beauty? (Guest Post: Brittany Mann)



I’ve been blessed to be a fairly confident person for most of my life (I blame my parents for raising me as such). But like everyone, there are times where little insecurities sneak their ugly faces in and shake that confidence a bit. Recently for me, some of those ugly faces have been my 7 new scar friends on my right leg from my break + surgery earlier this year. My legs have always been one of my favorite parts of my body. Until recently. Each time I put on a dress or wear shorts where the scars are visible, I start to feel anything but beautiful.


But what is beauty? We’re told and shown what “beauty” is each and every day by magazines, TV shows, billboards, movies, etc. Whether we mean for it to or not, it becomes a comparison game. Simultaneously we’re also being told NOT to compare ourselves to others because we’re beautiful the way that we are.


So what do we do? I don’t think there’s one perfect answer for that question. For myself, I try to remember these two verses:


“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139: 13-14


God made each and every one of us intentionally, perfectly, and in HIS image. He knows the number of hairs on our head. Does that mean that we won’t have days where we feel less than? No. Does it mean that each time we look in the mirror we’re going to smile and make that “sizzle” sound? No. But it does mean that even on our worst days, we are beautiful. Even when we feel ugly and want to hide under the covers, we are beautiful.


Thank you Julian Pederson for beautifully capturing 5 of my new scar friends.


Brittany is a model, singer, songwriter, and actress, living in Los Angeles, California.

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