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121. How to… be pretty in pink.

So, I’ve noticed something since I’ve started taking photos in Second Life. For a long time, I had this… aversion to the color pink. I don’t care how you want to slice it. Maybe I was avoiding constructed gender norms… maybe I felt like I didn’t want to look like Barbie threw up all over my wardrobe… Whatever the case may be, this is a color that I avoided as though it was the actual plague in BOTH worlds for a long time. No pink for me, no pink for Nova either, damn it, because she’s an extension of me in the virtual world. I control her. I animate her. I get to choose which colors she wears, and pink? Nope. Nope, nope, nope.

And then I started taking photos in Second Life, and I realized in looking at myself from a different angle that, “hey, this isn’t so bad.” And NOW? Well, now I have to have a conscious discussion with myself each time I buy something new and tell myself, “Nova, honey, you have enough pink. It’s time to move on to another color. There’s a whole damn rainbow you’re missin’ out on here.”

The thing is… I tried the thing that I had convinced myself I wouldn’t or couldn’t do, and it turned out pretty okay in the end. And the thing about that is that it applies to so many things. It applies to so much more than the idea of putting on a new color. It’s the idea that you can look at yourself, virtual or otherwise, and find beauty there. It’s the idea that you can look at yourself and appreciate what you see. Give yourself compliments. Smile at your own reflection. Granted, we can’t quite smile at our reflections in SL, but the idea still applies. Sometimes, we have to look beyond what those little voices in our head say to us to really appreciate ourselves. Sometimes, that’s hard. But you know what? Go for it. Let yourself feel pretty. Admire yourself. Celebrate the you-ness that is… however you choose to express it. It’s one more step on this journey to self-love and acceptance.

Credits:

[Shape]mine
[Head][LeLUTKA]Nova
[Body][Maitreya]Lara 5.2 (w/ petite add-on)
[Skin][[ session ]]Astrid (tone 2)
[Hair][Stealthic]Cascade (blondes)
[Lips][Izzie’s]Lipgloss (LeLutka Evo. HD)
[Dress/Shoes][LSR Moda @ UniK Event]Sexy Cady Dress/Wedges

[Pose][Diversion]Head to Toe set (4)
[Backdrop][Foxcity @ Uber]The Foyer

[Tune][TLC – Unpretty]

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