Vintage Ty with short hair but still owning the beauty of my hair!

“I’m not interested in hiding it!” That declaration from Diana Wright tugged at my heartstrings. She’s referring to her prosthesis. The teacher and mom of two daughters lost her leg after a car accident and is one of the subjects in the short films from Dove Real Beauty Productions, the brainchild of Shonda Rhimes and Dove. As I watched each film (you can watch them all here), I was forced to ask myself, “What is real beauty?”

“It’s beautiful. It’s me – and it doesn’t hold me back. In fact, when I look at it I’m reminded that beauty is perseverance in the face of adversity. Beauty is strength. Beauty is confidence. I want my girls to know that.”


I’ve spent all of my blogging career pointing my finger at you demanding that you reveal your authentic self. It’s even my tagline: a beauty and lifestyle guide dedicated to inspiring women to embrace their authentic selves. To me, real beauty is accepting what society may deem as flaws and owning the beauty in it. Even if you’re the only one who sees it as such for the moment. Our adversities cannot be measured but they are what bring us closer.

dove real beauty production shonda and diana

I was in awe watching Diana speak about reclaiming her confidence and striving to inspire the girls she teaches and her two daughters. I couldn’t help but think of my own journey and what my legacy would be on the Internet.

Going grey is no easy task and many women are told they can’t or shouldn’t do it. I’m sure people told Diana it would be hard to walk again but she pressed through the fear and uncertainty of her journey. That’s what we need to remember. That’s what real beauty is!

I want to you what you think real beauty is! Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

Disclosure: While this post is sponsored by Dove, you beauties know that all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my blog possible!



1 Comment

  1. December 13, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    “she pressed through the fear and uncertainty of her journey. That’s what we need to remember. That’s what real beauty is!” Wow this is such a great reminder especially to the younger generation. I think beauty is also being able to accept oneself, flaws and all, and work toward’s one’s betterment so that they can share their experiences and empower others. Hands down to what you do, Ty, and how you empower women through your writing!

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