Not a fashion statement.

Friday, January 10, 2014

I'm sure you've heard about Urban Outfitters' latest controversy. It stems from the photo on the left, a cropped top with the word Depression written all over it. UO has since taken the top down from their online store, but that does not excuse them from selling it in the first place, or the selling of the Eat Less shirt on the right.

This is a perfect example of some of the problems of society and the lies that come from it. As someone that struggles with the awful effects of depression, I am really kind of offended that a clothing store would so carelessly throw that word around on a shirt in the name of fashion. Depression is not cute, or fun, or stylish. It is debilitating, lonely, and it hurts. It is sadness in its worst form. It tests your faith and breaks your heart. It is not meant to be desired. 

Society's & the media's obsession with weight is also a problem. When did it get so bad that fashion is encouraging starving yourself? As my girl Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill once said, (Hey I like my sappy teen dramas, okay?) Anorexia is a disease, not a fashion statement.

All eating disorders are serious issues and should never be glamorized. Ever. 
Girls and guys alike are pressured everyday from their peers, magazines, TV, and celebrities. We are pressured to be perfect. Girls are made to believe they should have skinny waists, big chests, perfectly flowing hair, an airbrushed glow, and an award-winning smile. Boys are made to believe they should have Ryan Gosling abs, perfect hair, a great tan, and a perfectly buffed body. But you know what?
These are lies.
There is no such thing as perfect. We are human. We are made of flaws, and those flaws make us who we are. They make us beautiful.

{via Pinterest}
We need to learn how to love ourselves. Amid all the false perceptions and the distorted view of beauty. It is hard to love yourself for who you are, believe me. But I have faith in knowing that Jesus loves me even when I don't love myself so much.

He loves us when we are broken.
He loves us when we are tired.
He loves us when we are standing in front of the mirror picking apart every flaw.
He loves us when we mess up.
He loves us always. And He thinks we are flawless.

{via me}
Have faith in yourself. You are wonderful.

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