Au Naturel- Curly Confession

 

Inspiration for outer beauty can be challenge find. It is not purposeful to blame oneself in because it’s not easily found. Inspiration from everyday beauty standards being shown in magazines, advertisements, videos and celebrity photos doesn’t necessarily fit everyone’s inspiration of beauty. If one identifies with any of the 21st century beauty standards there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if one doesn’t feel apart or identify with the modern beauty trends, one must does his or her research into finding the right stepping stones for finding his or her inspiration for outer beauty.

I’ll openly admit like many others with naturally curls, I wasn’t always so confident over wearing my natural ringlets. With the outside influences in society like between the girls around me at school, my mother and what media portrayed as beauty. I always found myself straightening my hair out. One day (many years later), when I read one book on Josephine de Beauharnais Bonaparte, my world completely changed.  I became obsessed with the way she looked and how men at the time described her for her beautiful skin and natural curls. She was one of my first influences of outer beauty inspiration and I began to I research heavily into the hairdos of the Regency era (even some Victorian too)!

When I discovered the beauty of the Regency era, I then discovered the beauty of up dos and having natural curls. That’s when I found the balance of natural beauty and elegance. It was heavily fashionable during the Empire era to have curls, every woman had ornate jewels, braids and up do buns. I love the simplicity of only having pearls in the hair to bring the style from everyday to a formal look.

Regency era, hasn’t been better captured on film than Jane Austen film adaptations.  I look upon them not only for the morals of Austen novels but for the fashion of the time that brings me to the ultimate fantasization.  My personal favorite hair styles were from Elizabeth Bennet’s character in Pride and Prejudice, from both adaptations of 1995 (Jacqueline Ehle) and 2005 (Keira Knightley). However, hair styles were similar in other Austen films like Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. My one exception to Jane Austen has to be Anna Karenina film adaptation (starring Keira Knightley), it’s even more glamourous, voluminous and elegant that adds more beauty than a standard straight haired bun.

Since, my inspirations have captured my heart, I have been leaving my hair in it’s natural form and only find ways to enhance my curls. Like simply putting pearls in it or trying my best to find hair comb jewels. Natural beauty should be the characteristic that radiates the world, but spending time and money to enhance your personal style isn’t evil either.

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