The Story Behind the Be-You-Tiful Tee
I have 3 children, two of which are girls. Like most moms I know, I worry about the increasing emphasis that society places on beauty. With terms like body shaming, fat shaming, and thigh gap measurements becoming increasingly commonplace, it’s no wonder why there’s concern.
Every little girl at one point or another has felt ugly. Adolescence is an awkward phase when nothing seems to fit together just right. It is an age of too skinny, a few extra pounds, long arms, short arms, and every manner of skin problems. It is easy to feel like an alien has taken over your body. Add to that, increasingly judgemental observations of others and the media attention to “perfection” and it is easy to see why little girls as young as 8 and 9 are developing severe body image issues and a multitude of eating disorders.
My daughter, at 4 years old, looked in the mirror and at me the other morning and asked, “Mommy, am I beautiful or do I need more make-up?” It is a typical question for a little girl who likes to play with her mom’s makeup but within the context of today’s post, it was a bit alarming. I’ve always told her that she is beautiful no matter what. Makeup doesn’t make one beautiful, makeup is just something fun to do, like toys. That beauty isn’t about how one looks but true beauty is about what is hidden underneath, in your heart. I tell then this often, and in many different ways.But it makes me worry about my little girls nontheless.
It is with them in mind that I created The Be-You-Tiful Tee. I want them to know that being beautiful is about who you are, not what you look like. It is my hope that all little girls and boys who may wear this shirt will always feel Be-You-Tiful.