“Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.” – Ariana Grande
A lot of talk has been going around about the nude photos of various celebrities. I hear people say stuff like “You should think twice before doing things like that” and “People who look at those pictures should be ashamed of themselves”. I don’t feel like i’m in a position to pass judgement either way.
All I can say is I feel that people regardless if they’re celebrities or not, nude or otherwise, should be entitled to their privacy. If and when this privacy is violated the rest of us should ask ourselves if we feel it’s OK to partake in these photos. In a perfect world we would respect their privacy, but it’s not. So we probably won’t.
We may excuse it by thinking that they’re celebrities and as such are held to a higher standard of conduct. Sure, they’re in the public eye and there is apparently some kind of news-worthiness. But does it rhyme with OUR values? Would we feel comfortable having OUR personal pictures and most private moments scrutinized by the public?
I don’t have the answer for anyone but myself.
Remember that beneath the skin is another human being with their own lives, thoughts and feelings, just like you and me. In the words of Steve Jobs: “You are already naked. Follow your heart.”.
I’ll leave the rest of this post open for quotes by some of the women who’ve had to put up with the bullshit! =)
“I feel like when I try to fit in, it comes across as not genuine, and that is not good. I’d rather just do me and have people say, ‘Oh. That’s interesting,’ than try to fit in.”
“All I have to say is basically if performing, singing, acting ,and dancing is what you want to do, then you just have to do it – no matter where it is.”
“If anything, we should feel sorry for the people who want us to feel bad about ourselves, because they are the ones struggling for approval.”
“Sometimes, people can be extraordinarily judgmental and closed-minded to anyone different or special, which is why it’s so hard for young people in this day and age to be comfortable enough in their own skin to not listen to the people picking on them.”
“I don’t feel much pressure to fit in. I never have. I’ve always just wanted to do my thing. I have really good friends and good family, and if I don’t fit in somewhere else, I fit in at home.”
“Love is a really scary thing, and you never know what’s going to happen. It’s one of the most beautiful things in life, but it’s one of the most terrifying. It’s worth the fear because you have more knowledge, experience, you learn from people, and you have memories.”
“Don’t ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It’s too short, and you’re too special.”
“I don’t know if this is why everything has worked so well and I’m not sure I’d recommend this kind of thinking to anyone else, but I’ve always known I’d be successful in acting. I have certainly worked for it.”
“Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I’ve never considered failure.”
“The internet to me is kind of like a black hole, and I never really go on it.”
“I want you to like me, but I don’t care if you don’t.”
“I grew up in a military family. I was moved around from school to school, so people aren’t always the most welcoming to new girls in school.”
“I am the same on camera as I am off. I can’t imagine being any other way.”
“I think it’s very hard to find a good friend. That’s why I’m so lucky to have two sisters, because they’re my best friends, and they have to be with me forever. They’re stuck with me.”
“I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that’s what it meant.”
“After my first ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. I’m not a toy; I’m a human. I’m not here to be used.”
“I’m actually an equestrian, and I showed in the American Paint Horse Association and competed for top 20 in the nation.”
“I don’t ever want to be a person that I’m not. A lot of girls fall into the trap where they are trying to impress other people, and that’s the time when they lose themselves.”
“I used to feel like I had to be the best at what I did, but I realized I don’t have to be the best. It’s so freeing. I’ve never been this happy.”
“If I’d trusted myself and listened to myself all the times that I ignored myself, I would have been fine. But everyone has to learn their lesson, and now I’ve got it.”
“When I go away to do a movie, I bring the blanket I’ve had since I was a little girl. It helps me sleep. I also always bring my laptop so I can E-mail friends. And I bring my dog, Beauty, wherever I can.”
“I cry all the time. I love to laugh, too. It’s important to create an environment for yourself where you feel what you need to and don’t hold it in.”
“I wasn’t allowed to have sugar as a kid. We didn’t have candy or soda, or anything, so Easter and Halloween were my favorite times ’cause I could eat as much candy as I wanted. So, we would do the baskets, and my sister and I would go crazy.”
“Horseback riding is my passion. Other than work. People can’t imagine me getting dirty, but that’s what I love about it.”
“Success is nothing if you don’t have the right people to share it with; you’re just gonna end up lonely.”
“You are who you surround yourself with. I know that’s such a cliche quote, but it’s true.”
“Nobody really knows who I am, where I came from, what’s in my heart, why I believe in the things I believe, what I see behind the scenes and they don’t see.”
“I wear my dad’s cross. It’s very important to me. I hang it in my locker before each game.”
“A lot of people think I’m naturally confident. I am not naturally confident!”
“You’re not going to be liked by everybody when you speak the truth.”
“I don’t need a captain’s band to lead a team to victory.”
“I am proud of who I am, and nobody’s going to steal that.”