One Step to a Better Self-Image

By Chelsea, age 14, Virginia

Every girl in this world seems to have a problem. No one is completely confident with themselves. So what's your particular problem? It's always "a little more of this" or "a little less of that." Whether it's weight, height, skin color, body development, or something else, every girl is insecure. I'm here to tell you Get over it! There's always going to be something wrong with your body. Even top celebrities have something. Tyra Banks and her hips, Jessica Simpson and her acne, and so on. I'm here to help you build a positive self-image.

I'm 14, but I'm still wearing a size 34A bra. I've been teased about my size since 5th grade and it really breaks me down. Yeah, I may laugh along with my friends when they make jokes about it, but inside it really hurts me! I just tell myself that one day I will grow and rub it in their faces. When there's something wrong with you or something you're getting teased about, tell yourself that it will change, no matter how long it takes. It really works. Although you may have to tell yourself that a lot, just stick with it. I also get teased about being so dark skinned. If you have something you cannot change, then why sweat it? That's what's unique about you, and if people can't accept that, then forget them.

Here's what I challenge you to do: After reading this article, I want you to get up and go look in the mirror. Say this out loud: "I am beautiful. I am beautiful, no matter what people say about me." Start saying this to yourself every time you doubt your beauty, or every time you get teased. Do it while you're looking in the mirror, brushing your teeth, doing your hair, or fixing your make-up. If you don't believe it now, after a while you will.

I really want all teenage girls to have a better self-image and confidence. Let me conclude with a little tip ... Guys LOVE a confident girl! I hope this has helped, or in the future will help you with your self-esteem!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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