Christie Brinkley has been the bane of my existence, a thorn in my side really, a constant reminder that I’m not a beauty. At the ripe old age of 12 I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “I can’t possibly look like her. I’d have to break my face and rebuild. So I guess I just won’t be beautiful. I’ll have to be good at other things.”
“So, I’m not a beauty. There are greater tragedies in life.” What a sad message I told myself. I’m not beautiful because I don’t look like those two women.
Of course, I never told anyone this. I just stuffed it down inside. But it was there.
I had an awakening a few years when I went to Los Angeles and saw a fashion show live. Real, in-person, runway models.
It would look great on you!”
Oh really?! It looks great on you, 6’5” 100lbs perfect model, but I’m thinking
it will look completely different on me.
She kept talking to me and was the nicest person!
As we continued to chat I had two thoughts:
1) You have the most perfect skin I have ever seen. Not a blemish,
smooth and dark. I would kill for just a smidge of your melanin.
2) You are a giraffe. If I look at you straight on, I’ll be looking at your hip.
You must have been teased horribly in school.
Just because you have flaws doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful.
I started to think about what if I saw Christie in real life. Would I see her flaws too? She must have them. We all do! What if Elle has stretch marks? I bet she does and they air brush them out. That doesn’t make her any less beautiful!!
She’s still smokin’ hot, flaws and all.
I wish I had this perspective when I was younger. If I could go back and tell 12-year-old Kristin one thing, it would be this: Everyone is beautiful. You don’t, and shouldn’t, look like Christie Brinkley. Every person has beauty on the outside.
And you are 12. No one is their best at 12.
I still gnash my teeth a little when I see perfect Christie frickin’ Brinkley, who at age 60 looks 20, but I remind myself that her beauty doesn’t mean that I’m not beautiful. We are different and both beautiful. In the words of Bruce Almighty,
“We are all B-e-a-u-tiful.” ☺