“Glamour is always something someone else has.” Fifty years ago this was the sentiment of women in the limelight of high fashion. Today’s glamour girls are far from white-gloved waifs and stand for everything from proud-to-be-pregnant to outspoken for human rights. All of these women are strong and have an individual signature style which defines them and sets them apart as truly glamorous.
When you start talking about strong women who are noticed as much for their convictions as for their style you can’t help but mention Angelina Jolie. She seems unscathed by tabloids and prying eyes, but what does move her is injustice. She, and other glamour girls like Halle Berry and Salma Hayek, are redefining the cover girl persona by putting their brains and hearts to work.
Women who have appeared on more magazine covers than they can remember are getting noticed for having more bod and the world is applauding their curves. Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Jennifer Lopez all boast their size 6 (or more when they were pregnant) figures and refuse to go back to strict dieting.
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So what do these women and their cover girl looks and attitudes mean for you? It means that women are freer than ever before to be themselves, to forge their own path and define beauty in many different ways. Lest you think this is just another “everyone is beautiful in their own way” cop-out; it’s not. Even though that’s the truth. A cover girl is a lot more than a pretty face. It’s convictions. It’s passion. It’s an awareness that there are people in the world who need you. You can find how-to’s for looking better and getting healthier but without a good idea of who you are, it’s still a long road to cover girl.
The cover girl in you takes care of her skin by eating well and caring for your skin by cleansing and moisturizing and choosing makeup that works with your skin type. Nothing you put on your skin, from soap to eyeshadow should dry or cause oily buildup. The cover girl in you takes care of her hair, too.
The same rule applies to shampoo, conditioner and styling products – everything you put on your hair should improve it. If you have to use one product to counter the effects of another, rethink your hair styling routine. A cover girl’s makeup compliments her look and her personality. Whether it’s barely there or dark and sultry, your makeup should flatter you. It shouldn’t be something you hide behind or use to pretend to be someone you’re not. Your teeth say a lot about you. Genetics deals some of us a bad hand, but there are so many products available that can improve your smile, it’s an investment worth making even on a small scale.
Make fashion work for you. Don’t let a certain style dictate how you feel about your body. Take a look at any red carpet event. You won’t see anyone in the same dress or even wearing the same style. Be an individual and choose clothes that compliment the best of your figure. Clothes work for you, not the other way around.
So go and find the cover girl in you. She’s there. She’s confident and happy with who she is. She isn’t afraid to challenge herself to change what she doesn’t like that remains an individual. She’s aware of the world around her, from her backyard to oceans away. She presents herself with poise and beauty that is hers and not a knockoff of another cover girl. She’s in there. Enjoy her.