By Emily, age 19, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Once upon a time, in a land not very far away, there lived a princess. Her name was You. She was very unhappy with herself, despite how beautiful she really was. No matter how many compliments she got You was very unsatisfied with everything she did, and said, and how she looked. Unfortunately, there was no happily ever after.

Does any of this sound familiar? This particular princess represents all of us. And yes, I did mention she was beautiful. Why? Because as girls we have a wonderful gift. No matter how tall we are or what shape we are or whom we hang out with or if we stick our foot in our mouth 10 times a day, we are all infinitely beautiful.

"People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves." - Selma Hayek

When I look around at all of the beautiful stars around Hollywood, the two most beautiful to me are Queen Latifah and America Ferrera. They're not perfect, they're not twigs, but they're confident, and that's the sexiest accessory any woman could have. What I like most about these two women, though, is that they don't have to act stupid or show any skin to get somewhere in Hollywood. Their acting and confident nature is how they got where they are today!

"No one ever told me I was pretty as a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren't." - Marilyn Monroe

So next time you look in the mirror, look with pride. This is the only body we're ever going to have. We are beautiful, no matter what anybody says. We need to learn to love our bodies!

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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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