Barbie & Me are Weave Free Part II - You Are Beautiful

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

There are some little girls that never hear those words. In fact, for years many non-white girls rarely saw a doll that looked like them. It was not the American image of beauty. However, today there are endless options of dolls. I for one never really played with dolls as a child. However, I do not that the things that we have around us and the things that people say to us can impace are self-image. I always thought that it was important to embrace people for their own culture and natural beauty. When it came to the issue of hair I recall cringing every time I would hear someone says one child as "good hair" because it was thin or naturally curly while a child that had kinky hair had "bad hair" throughout my life.  I'd wonder who told you this was true??? Who defines your standard of what is good and what is bad?? Why stigamiatize a child or person because they have a hair texture, facial features of a skin complexion that he or she didn't choose? Who are we to tell people who to have children with or who to love because of the potential outcome of the child??? Although this issue had bothered me I found myself also confirming to images of straight long hair. Yes, I felt prettier with the longer hair and maybe subconsciously I felt more attractive. Why? Well, whatever the reason it was not a legitimate one.  Beautiful women come in all shapes, hues, sizes and have all sorts of hair textures - all of them are beautiful in their own way!

For this reason, I decided to follow-up my post from yesterday evening with a this one. The highlight of the post really is a collection of natural hair dolls that I found across the internet in various blogs, websites, etc. It is important for us to have a positive self-image and to love who we are. When we feel good about ourselves we feel good about everything that we do. I recall at one time I wouldn't dare do out of the house without my hair freshly permed and relaxed. I wouldn't think of going to the office with my hair in a natural cornrow pinup. I wouldn't feel as if I looked my best. Today I realize that who I am is the best me possible. I will not say that I have changed overnight. However, I will see that "Barbie and Me are Weave Free"!

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    Michelle J. Miller

    I am determined to live my best life now by making health and wellness choices that will lead to a long life. As a single-mom, lawyer, author, speaker, managing real estate broker, speaker, marathon finisher and global visionary with an active christian lifestyle who enjoys volunteering for numerous activities life gets very busy. I realize that I am usually the last item on my to-do list, if I get on it at all. I know some of you know what I mean. Well it's time to put first things first - me! I have seen and I continue to see the impact of cancer, diabetes, high-blood pressure, high-cholesterol and diabetes on family, friends and people in general. I know that I want to live a long and abundant life so I figured it was time, in the words of the late Michael Jackson, to "make that change!" So, this soul food loving sistah has decided to "go vegan" or shall I say follow a plant-based diet! How will I do it in this city of tasty temptations at each corner and a family of food lovers like myself. Well, the plan has been and will be to do it one day at a time. This is definitely a journey, a challenging one for me, that will take me on the ride of my life. I could take the ride alone, but there's no need to that when I have all of you. So, join me on this plant-based journey.

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