The Death of Snow White

We decided to watch Snow White and the Huntsman last night after hearing rave reviews from friends. The movie was okay, but for some reason I went home feeling all low and weird because of it. It was excruciatingly long and some of the scenes were already bordering on boring in my opinion. I guess I was also a bit concerned for the little kids who were seated right next to us. They seemed so awkward in their seats, trying to cover their eyes and ears every time the evil queen kills someone. I really think the film was way too dark and too violent to even have the name Snow White in the title. It should have been strictly marked as PG-13 at the very least. How else can you explain to a seven year old all those brutal killings and blood without being disturbing? I honestly feel bad for those kids. :(

the death of snow white

The story of Snow White has always been a favorite of mine growing up, and at that time I did not understand why the evil witch was afraid of getting old so much that she's willing to kill someone innocent to prevent it. I do believe there's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful. Admittedly, I have my vain moments too. I freak out when I get pimples on and off, I have purchased tons of products just to keep my wiry hair at bay, and I myself have a strong inclination towards pretty things. For as long as you're doing it for all the good reasons, I have nothing against giving in to personal vanity. I support it with all my heart, but only up to a certain point.

My colleague and I were talking about people's wild obsession with vanity this morning and how it has become so hugely endemic despite the painful price that usually comes with it. Too much of anything is a bad thing and we're appalled why some have a hard time realizing when enough is enough.

everybody is beautiful

Just the other day, there was a news about a woman who died a few days before her wedding day. Unfortunately, she decided to have sessions with four different tanning salons in one day which cooked most of her internal organs causing her instant death. Hearing true horror stories like this is always heartbreaking. What ever happened to natural beauty and loving your own skin?

Now don't get me wrong here. I'm not blogging this one out to judge anyone. I came from a country who's also as obsessed with achieving the much-coveted "Snow White complexion" and there were even phases in my life before when I also wanted to be her so bad. For sure people have different reasons why they go the extra mile to be tan, to be white, or to drastically change their outward appearance. It could be anxiety, lack of self-esteem, peer pressure, an abusive boyfriend, or how the media presents beauty making us feel more and more insecure about our own skin - the possible reasons are endless.

My stand with all these is this: WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL, AND IT'S OKAY TOO IF YOU WANT TO BE MORE BEAUTIFUL. Just be sure that you're doing it for yourself and you don't go all out risking your health (and your life) to achieve it. No one has the exclusive franchise of beauty because beauty does come in different shapes, colors and forms. Love what you got, girl! I grew up with a dad telling me that I need to feel confident and comfortable with myself all the time because how I feel inside will always reflect on the outside. How I view and treat myself is also how others will likely view and treat me. As cliche as this may sound, for as long as you have a good and kind heart inside to show off and a lot of love to give away, you'll be fine.

You're beautiful because you're uniquely YOU. :)

smile you are beautiful

P.S. It feels so good getting this one off my chest, by the way. Stay gorgeous! :)

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23 comments

  1. so many good points! i have never understood the strange desire to change our skin color and why that makes us look better. in fact, historically, you didn't want to be tan as it was a sign you were of a lower class because you worked in the sun. or, as you stated, some cultures really want a lighter complexion.

    anyhow everyone has their insecurities, and some things in culture do not make it better. i hate when i come back from florida (my husband lives in the middle of a very sunny vacation spot) and people ask why i'm not tan.

    <3 katherine
    www.ofcorgisandcocktails.com

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    1. that's interesting! made me even find tanning a lot weirder. aside from skin cancer that is. :)

      stay beautiful, katherine! :)

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  2. I loved this post so true! we have this aims to bethe best and have what we do not have but maybe we were gifted with other good traits and its time to appreciate them!
    I wonder if we could follow each other...
    http://shineonbyandrea.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/outfit-of-day-formal-event-colors-own.html

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    1. i agree. why fix what isn't broken, right? we're all beautiful! :)

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  3. i think as long as we know there is way more to life and beauty than what is on the outside, than it's definitely ok to try to look your best! great post!

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  4. i agree with the media making us feel more and more insecure everyday. i've stopped subscribing to fashion magazines a long time ago. and to be honest, just browsing through Pinterest and other blogs can do the same thing too. i'm just glad to have a loving and supportive partner who never fails to reassure me how beautiful i am.

    you should post like this more. i love your insights! very inspiring. :)

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    1. i used to work for a magazine distributor for more than 2 years and eventhough i enjoy reading fashion magazines, some of the stick-thin models and articles do have their way of influencing my self-esteem and how i view myself.

      i'm so happy you have a wonderful husband! bless him! :)

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  5. Great post on an important topic. I love seeing inspirational people like you share positivity and encouragement with your readers!

    I have heard mixed reviews about Snow White and may watch it, but I am surprised to hear that there were kids there. Well not surprised, but a little disappointed, I suppose.

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    1. thanks kelsea! the movie is okay, not really brilliant. but who knows you might even enjoy it. :)

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  6. Oh my gosh I am completely in love with your new header. Who designed the art or painted it???!??

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    1. thanks violet! i'm so inlove with it too. tabitha did it for me. she's amazing!
      http://tabithaemma.com/blog/

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  7. This post is so positive. I feel better about myself after reading it.

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    1. glad it had a positive effect on you. stay beautiful! :)

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  8. A great post! It's so difficult to feel positive about your body sometimes but I try my best!

    Becky
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    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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    1. i feel you! but if you surround yourself with loving and positive people, you won't forget how beautiful you truly are. stay beautiful becky! :)

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  9. I need to watch that movie! xoxo
    http://www.hellohellofriday.com/

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    1. didn't really enjoy the movie that much. but maybe it's just me. hope you enjoy it! :)

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  10. Such a great post...and so true. That is very sad about the woman who died.

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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    1. thank you. stay beautiful, amy! :)

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  11. I love this message you're conveying in this post! So tragic about this young lady's death...vanity taken to the extreme for the wrong reasons! Your message rings so true. Women too often are made to feel guilty for wanting to make themselves feel better about themselves...be it in anyway they need to...but it needs to be done in moderation and with a recognition, acceptance and gratitude for what you have been blessed with naturally. There is nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself just as long as you are doing it for the right reasons! Aizzing, thanks so much for reminding us about that!!! You've found your newest follower :)

    xxx
    Renee
    www.thelitesideoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Agree! Everybody has the innate tendency to want beautiful things and to want to be more beautiful. I think for as long as you don't lose yourself in the process and you don't forget your self-worth, it's alright. I really feel sorry for the girl who died though. :(

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  12. Love this post! I think we all need to appreciate ourselves for who we are :)

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