In a culture seems to churn out photoshopped versions of what beauty is everywhere we turn, it can be hard, if not impossible, to feel like we'll ever live up to even our own standards of what "beautiful" is.
These are the moments when it's important to step back and realize that we may have let things get a little out of focus. Though of course it's great to feel good about yourself, real beauty doesn't necessarily come down to what size jeans you can squeeze yourself into with the help of your favorite spanx.
When you think about all the most beautiful women in your life, the odds are that it's not necessarily the most glamorous, skinniest, or stereotypically pretty girls that always come to mind. More likely it's the people who are absolutely in love with being themselves and spreading joy wherever they go, no matter what their shape or size.
Here are a few quotes to remind us all that real beauty stems from things like self-confidence, joy, and a truly genuine, kind smile.
"Be your own kind of beautiful."
“True beauty radiates not from outer cosmetics, but from the simple joy of making a difference for those that need your voice, passion, and time without expecting or wanting anything in return...” ― Deborah Barnes
“A great figure or physique is nice, but it's self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.” ― Vivica Fox
“If people were more concerned with how they looked on the inside, then on the outside, the world would be a nicer place to exist.” ― David Walsh
“Whole life is a search for beauty. But, when the beauty is found inside, the search ends and a beautiful journey begins.” ― Harshit Walia
“Maybe it’s NOT Maybelline. Maybe you were just born with it.” ― Mandy Hale
“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” ― Golda Poretsky
“Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear” ― Taylor Swift
“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” ― Shannon L. Alder
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ― Mandy Hale
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ― Kahlil Gibran
“As if you were on fire from within, The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” ― Pablo Neruda
“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It's about knowing and accepting who you are.” ― Ellen DeGeneres
“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
The definition of a beautiful woman is one who loves me. - Sloan Wilson
When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist. - Akhenaton
Pass this list along to all the beautiful women in your life!