Beauty Revived is a site that celebrates real beauty and the journey we take to find the real beauty in ourselves. We are so excited to feature Ashley Glass as our Beauty Reviver #beautyimperfected moment of the week. We would love for you to join us and show us your #beautyimperfected moment over on Instagram. Follow us @iambeautyrevived and tag us using #beautyimperfected for a chance to be featured on our feed.
Beauty Reviver: Ashley Glass
- A little about me:I’ve been married for seven years and our children are two and three. Our son Pierson is the three year old and our daughter Reese is two. Pierson was very well thought/planned out, if you will, and Reese was well, NOT. He was just 7 months old when I found out I was pregnant with her; I had been nursing and on a birth control pill, never had a period; SO as you can see, I was quite shocked! They are 15 months a part and while every day is busy and quite chaotic, now I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am a teacher, professional photographer, freelance writer and blogger in Louisville, KY.
- Tell me why this picture represents your #beautyimperfected:These photos represent my #beautyimperfected because it was through taking these images and posting them with my story, that I realized beauty is not surface deep. My beauty is not defined by a number on a scale, it does not matter how thin (or not thin) I am or will become. My beauty is not judged by my children, who look up to me with adoration and admiration; it is not judged by my husband who watched my body transform, grow and shrink over the course of two pregnancies. These photos represent strength and dignity and my determination to be the best mother and wife that I can be.
- What is your definition of real beauty:To me, beauty is the heart. What are your motives in life? Do you work hard to have healthy and successful relationships with your kids or spouse? Do you make an effort in your friendships and do you do your best in whatever career you work in? Beauty is love– love others, love yourself and then own it every single day.
- If you could teach your daughter one real beauty tip, what would it be:My daughter is currently two and a half. Every day, she watches me put on makeup and pretends to apply it to her cheeks and lips, just like I do. She watches every single thing I do. I want to teach her that beauty is not the products she puts on. Those things are okay, but it will not define her. At the end of the day, if she grows up only thinking she is beautiful by the worlds’ definition, we failed. I want her first and foremost to find beauty in her strength, her laughter, her joy, her adventurous soul. I want her to know that her body will never stop changing–her skin will stretch and shrink, if she has children of her own or not; her face will develop lines, and she is only given the body she is in ONE time. Because of that, I pray she embraces it, even when she questions it. I pray that she will thank her Creator for giving her her absolutely beautiful body and soul.
- What do you wish the world knew about beauty:The world is so skewed on who and what is beautiful. And frankly, we as women can’t seem to win. I am on the side of the population that some people view as “too thin.” I suffered from Postpartum Thyroiditis after both babies and through it, I was so judged by so many. I was stereotyped as too skinny, called ‘chicken legs,’ and people questioned if I had an eating disorder. My body has been at a healthy, but low weight, for two years straight. One day it just dawned on me when someone said, “you need to thicken up!” that I just can’t ‘win’ in the eyes of society. If women are thin, they are too skinny. If women are average, they may be referred to as ‘thick,’ and if women are overweight, well heaven forbid! What’s the happy medium? I wish the world knew that we as women are more than our body types; our hearts and our souls and our minds work so hard at everything we do!