“I often times feel like a hypocrite with my daughters when trying to teach them to have a healthy view on beauty and body image. I’m in a business where looks and weight do matter,” she wrote on iVillage.I applaud Richards’ courage in admitting the hypocrisy, a conflict I experience within myself. I often find myself encouraging my daughter that looks aren’t what matter, but I am faced with the dilemma of how important looks were to me at one point of my life.
I know there will be a day when my daughter will learn of my past that was centered around beauty, but I hope that the model I am setting now accurately represents how I truly feel: the most important goals in life are not outer beauty, but self-love and acceptance, expression of individuality, a sense of integrity in everything we do, and the development of close-knit relationships.
Hopefully, through the example I set as I live forward, I will teach my children that loving who we are, inside and out, is the most beautiful thing in the world.