Am I Pretty?

am-i-prettyIn a disturbing new trend thousands of girls as young as 11 and 12-years old are posting videos on YouTube asking the question, “Am I pretty?” This public call for validation shows a dangerous lack of self-worth and an unhealthy focus on outer beauty at an early age.

Am I pretty? The answer is YES!

As a Celebrity Makeup Artist and Life Coach I have been working with people for years to build their ‘beauty’ from the inside out. Usually though the questions of; “Am I pretty?” “Am I good enough?” or “Am I worthy?” don’t really start to weigh on us until life as taken its toll a little bit more. Seeing such a display of low self-esteem at such a young age though really troubles me so I feel strongly that this is a topic that needs addressing.

Whether it is the images in the media, social networking, or increased peer pressure, people, especially teen girls, are feeling pushed to look and act a certain way. One of the things they don’t understand is that in trying to find acceptance online they are opening themselves up to even more negative influence. The relative anonymity of the internet creates a breeding ground for hostility and hate resulting in wave of hurtful responses to their videos. Not to mention the fact that online predators are constantly lurking, typically preying on girls in this exact age range.”

To remedy this I suggest a variety of solutions.

– Monitor your child’s internet usage! The web is just that, a dangerous place for those that get caught up in it. There are just as many physical and emotional hazards to be found in the virtual world as there is in the real world.

– Talk to your kids about their ‘beauty’. Have your child create a list of their most beautiful qualities; their values, dreams, and maybe even throw in some physical attributes they love as well. By working to build a foundation for what makes them uniquely beautiful you create a source for real and lasting self-worth.

– Model strong self-esteem yourself. Even with all of the other sources of information your kids have access to you are still their biggest influence. By relating to them your self-worth you are instilling that same value in your kids.

Most important is have as open a line of communication with your kids as possible. And when the question “Am I pretty” is ever asked by you or them, the answer is always “Yes!”

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Celebrity Makeup Artist, National TV Personality, Best Selling Author, Self-esteem & Empowerment Coach Website: www.michellephillips.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichellePhillipsBeautyCoach Twitter: @TVBeautyCoach The Beauty Blueprint 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams Michelle Phillips is a leading authority in the beauty industry and one of the most influential makeup artists the entertainment industry. With over 25 years experience Michelle works with national television networks, on movie sets, with top photographers, and magazines in the business including Swiss Vogue and Maxim Magazine. You may have seen Michelle on TV shows and Networks such as; HGTV, HSN, CBS, NBC, FOX, Oxygen and TLC sharing her tips and techniques that have made her one of the most renowned beauty experts in the industry who has worked with celebrities such as Katie Couric, Colbie Caillat, Condoleezza Rice, Sigourney Weaver, Clint Eastwood, and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Michelle’s best selling book “The Beauty Blueprint” has opened up opportunities for Michelle to share her message on speaking tours with inspirational icons such as Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay giving women around the globe powerful tools of transformation; a transformation to not just look amazing but to BE amazing!