Beauty is not what you wear, but who you are.
I like folded sleeves. I like being dressed in a "L" sized t-shirt with boxers for company. My idea of a Saturday night dress-up is boyfriend jeans, a plaid shirt and my favorite sneakers.
I like my hair loose. I like letting it stay and tangle up the way it wants to through the day. I like coming home and taking off my bra to get into that super worn out tee which spells C-O-M-F-O-R-T.
I like wearing sweatpants on a Monday and adding a dash of eyeliner. I like not owning a pair of 6 inch heels but rather a couple of pairs of glittery flats (Hail all things sparkle!). I like walking in Kolhapuris on a bright, sunny day and swapping them for the rhythmic "tck, tck" of my flip-flops.
There are days I love putting on a dress and there are days I'd rather just head to work in my pajamas. There are days when I feel like putting on slim jeans and a nice floral shirt and there are days when I'd rather just wear my brother's football shorts.
And through all of these days, I am beautiful.
I am beautiful not for what I wear or what my face looks like. I am beautiful because I feel beautiful.
I've shed years of "Why don't you dress up like a girl?" and "Sit properly" and dumped them for what my skin feels good in. I've smiled and waved off the "Boys don't want to marry a girl like you" and "You should wear pink more". I've learned to trust my vibe and embrace clothing that spells out who I am, clearly.
And through all of this, I've learned that no matter what you decide to wear, let no one define you by your appearance. Be it that bright, red Scarlet Johansson lipstick or that Dolly Parton wig or even those gorgeous faux fur shoes you pride yourself on. Wear it. Wear whatever the fuck you feel like. Let your outfit spell QUEEN because like my homie, Cleo Wade says,
"You are gorgeous in your glory. You are gorgeous in your sweatpants too."