We all know that one girl who turns every head when she walks into the room. It’s not necessarily because she’s the most glamorous or important person there. It’s because she exudes a quiet confidence and has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but there’s something intriguing and effortlessly elegant about her — but never in an arrogant, ‘I’m better than you’ kind of way. Instead, she’s charming, genuine and makes people happier by just being in her presence.
Yep, she’s a belle! And so are you! You might just need a little help bringing your inner belle out. The good news it, you won’t even have to change a single thing about yourself! It’s all about working with what you’ve got and becoming comfortable in your own skin.
Read on to find out how to bring out your inner belle in five easy steps.
Step ONE: Be yourself
You weren’t put on this earth to be just like everybody else. You were put on this earth to be your gorgeous, unique self – whoever that may be! Rather than trying to fit into a mold of who you think you should be, embrace your individuality. In a world of muffins, be a cupcake with cherry on top! In other words, dare to be different and don’t be afraid to stand out from the pack. At the end of the day, it just makes sense to be yourself — because everyone else is already taken! #itjustmakessense
Step TWO: Love your body
If you’ve ever compared yourself to someone else and wondered why you don’t look like them, remember this quote. “Flowers are pretty but so are Christmas lights — and they look nothing alike!” You can admire another belle’s beauty without questioning your own. When in doubt, check out the Instagram account @any.body_co. The body-confident besties Kate and Georgia are a great reminder that you can be gorgeous at any size.
Step THREE: Look after yourself
It’s much easier to put your best face forward when you’re taking good care of yourself. This means drinking plenty of water, nourishing your body with healthy foods and moving regularly. But it also means getting enough rest, being kind to your body and occasionally treating yourself to that yummy pastry or glass of red wine. It’s all about balance, belles! Another great way to practice self-care is by pampering yourself. There’s nothing like doing a luxurious face mask while relaxing in a bath to release your inner goddess.
Step FOUR: Be kind
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.” These words were spoken by one of the original belles, iconic Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn. There’s nothing more beautiful than being kind — to yourself, to the environment, to people you know and even those you don’t. When you’re compassionate, caring and genuine, you radiate beauty from the inside out.
Step FIVE: Shine!
Now that you’ve found your inner belle, don’t be afraid to let her out! Let your inner light shine for the world to see and don’t ever let anybody else dim it.
- by Emma Norris