I love the show but haven’t watched this for a long time. With each episode, I noticed a common thread; all of the women dressed the way they did because of something painful in their past.
One woman was cheated on so much that she thought the only way to find love was by wearing revealing clothes. Another woman, who had just turned 51 and had already been divorced twice, wore clothes from the junior section because she wanted to look young in order to meet someone new. A young emerging illustrator wore men’s clothes because she couldn’t fit in at her school of her youth, where fashion was highly valued.
“To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.”
These women used clothes to either hide behind or to make someone else happy. While it was sad to watch, I’m betting that all of us have done that at one time or other. Women are under so much pressure to please everyone else. And thanks to magazines, TV ads, and movie stars, women are under even more pressure to look like a million bucks all the time.
While clothes don’t (and shouldn’t) make the person, we all know that having the right outfit and makeup can do wonders at boosting self-confidence. If you’ve ever watched the show, you know that Stacy, Clinton and the team work their magical makeovers, and in the process, giving the participant a boost of confidence.
Sure, we’ve all looked in the mirror at some time and didn’t like what we saw. But the real lesson here is to love yourself. Love the skin you’re in. The Good Lord made you just the way you are, and you’re the only you on this earth. Your job is to dress to please yourself, and not anyone else. OK? Pinky Swear?
“You are you and that is true, there's no one in the world who's you-er than you.”