Hi loves,

Today I decided to change the focus a bit from fashion to beauty. But not make-up, not selfies and not products. But inner beauty. The most genuine beauty one can ever possess.

I believe that even if so many people and communities are trying to break the norms and accentuate this beauty, so many others are still shallow and superficial, and it’s really sad.

I most certainly believe that everyone can be beautiful, and it is up to you if you choose to be. And it has nothing to do with make up, plastic surgery, wealth or possesions. It has to do with how your soul is, how your soul sees the world. There are so many beautiful people I know that look nothing like the magazines, or people I know that are stunningly beautiful on the outside, but at the end of the day it is the inner beauty that matters.

I read the other day that Zendaya, an 18th year old celebrity, had to deal with her parents being called “really ugly” on Twitter, just because some people were surprised that they were not magazine-perfect polished people, and instead they just looked..happy. Seriously, that’s what I saw when I saw the picture – happy, proud people. However, Zendaya, showing her inner beauty, had a beautiful response to the criticism:

“First, I’m gonna pray for you. While you’re so concerned about what my parents look like, please know that these are two of the most selfless people in the world. They have chosen to spend their entire life [sic], not worried about trivial things such as looks and insulting people’s parents on Twitter, but instead became educators who have dedicate¬†[sic]‚Äč to teaching, cultivating and filling young shallow minds. (One of the most important yet underpaid jobs we have) So please, log out, go to school, hug a teacher and read a textbook…and while you’re at it, go look in the mirror and know that you too are beautiful, because such hateful things only stem from internal struggles. Bless you. -Me and my BEAUTIFUL family”

And the answer could not have been more perfect than that.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be hypocrite, I know I blog about fashion, and I truly love clothes and accessories and all that goes with it, but I also think that if you only use fashion to stick to some norms or to impress someone more than you use it to impress yourself or that you are using it to create a not-so-real image about yourself, then you got it all wrong.

There are so many things that make you beautiful – your kindness, your sense of humour, the way you stand up for yourself and for others, the way you fight for your beliefs, all these count more than make up and clothes! Because everyone can learn how to dress and how to wear make up, but if you wear them with a great personality and a warm soul, I assure you – you will be 100 times more beautiful!

I know this is not my usual kind of post, but I have strong beliefs on this matter (all my friends have heard them by now, for sure). I think that it’s time to focus on this too, because it is as important to me, if not more important, as fashion and travel and all things related. So step by step, I will introduce more posts like these and hopefully, do more to change these perceptions and instead promote acceptance and kindness.

Be kind, be beautiful, D.