Scars To Your Beautiful #JustBecauseItsTuesday

"No scars to your beautiful, We're stars and we're beautiful."

-Alessia Cara

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 When I peel back the layers of makeup. When I pick out my all of my perfect coils. When I strip of everything that clothes me and hides what's underneath. What am I left with? Me. Raw and unedited me.

See often we hear oh you're so beautiful but do they really know what's underneath. I would often cringe because I would think of the truth that I'm covered in scars. All of these scars. Scars to your beautiful.

I have hyper pigmentation from incorrectly healed acne along my face, back and chest. I have a keloid on my chest that doesn't seem to want to stop growing. I have a hypertrophic scar on my right breast from surgery. I have skinned knees for having way too much fun when I was a child. I have an indentation on my left eyelid from chicken pox and the list goes on.

All of these imperfections, but the truth is each one tells a story. They are beautiful in their own way because it speaks of experience, growth, and life's struggles. My story.

If I constantly dug myself in a hole trying to hide them from the world what would I be left with. I remember I was shooting graphics for one of my videos last year and in post-production I photoshopped out the scar on my chest. It just threw the photo off. A distraction. With the rule of thirds in photography, how did my scar almost always end up on a focal point. However, I felt more guilt after removing it than I did with the original unedited photo.

Each day I have to learn to appreciate myself the way I am and the way I look. To be able to stand naked in the mirror, look at yourself, and call yourself beautiful sometimes can be a tough task, but I challenge you do to it #justbecauseitsTuesday and watch your life change. No scars to your beautiful. We're stars and we're beautiful.

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Be awesomely amazing,

xo Vanessa Michele

*Note: All photos were taken for Vanessa Michele. Special thanks to Kendra, Jacque and Whitley/Cornelia.

Vanessa.Michele | Christian. Writer. Content Creator. Giver of Love. Collector of Quotes. Yoga Enthusiast. Forensic Scientist by day. Welcome to my life!

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