A few months ago, Jackie Clark of Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance reached out to me and offered to guest post after reading the glossy series. Here’s an excerpt of her email:
I have always had a passion for fashion-from shoes to makeup, nail polish to handbags, and everything in between! Coupled with that is belief that all women need to feel beautiful, no matter what circumstances they may be facing. Women are powerful beings and WE need to realize it! Sadly, many women are hearing those devastating words ‘you have cancer.’ Despite a cancer diagnosis, women can still feel beautiful in their own skin. Fashion is a wonderful way to feel strong and confident. I would like to share with your audience the reality of cancer and how women can say ‘YES I have cancer’, but I am no less beautiful than I was before my diagnosis.
So for this week, I’m giving way to our guest blogger, Jackie. She will share with us a heartwarming and inspiring article on how fashion and make-up help show off our natural beauty.
The movie “Annie” sums up the most important beauty secret when they say, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Even if a woman is going through treatments for mesothelioma cancer, she can still look beautiful if she remembers to wear the most important accessory of all, a smile. A smile shows that she is confident and happy, which will read as beauty to anybody looking at her.
Wearing a smile with every outfit is sometimes easier said than done, but there are a few things that a woman can do to ensure that she is always wearing her gorgeous smile. When getting ready for the day, a woman needs to choose clothing and makeup that make her feel confident. When a woman feels confident, a smile is sure to follow.
The easiest way for a woman to feel confident is to choose clothing that accentuates her best features. Whether a woman is most proud of her legs, her chest, or her butt, she should make sure to show off those assets. For a woman with a pear shape, this might mean to get boot-cut trousers paired with a form-fitting blazer to accent her curves. For a woman with an apple shape, she might want to wear an empire-waist dress to bring the attention to the smallest part of her torso. If you know how to properly dress your body type, you can feel confident in any outfit.
Clothing is not the only thing that makes a confident woman; makeup also plays a big role. By wearing makeup, a woman can make herself feel that she looks her absolute best. When makeup is applied correctly, it only accentuates a woman’s natural beauty.
Even if you are just going to school, it is important to always feel your best. It has actually been proven that when a woman dresses up, she feels more confident in herself. When she feels more confident in herself, she does better on tests. So a woman should always dress to impress, no matter what she is doing. It may take a little more time and effort, but the benefits that she receives from it are worth it. She will feel better about herself all day, which will make her perform better at school and work. If she is single, dressing in a way that makes a woman feel more confident will attract more men to her. Men can sense the confidence that women have. Not only that, but a confident woman is more beautiful.
So the lesson to be had here is; no matter the prognosis, a woman should always take the time to look her best, not because she will be more beautiful, but because she will feel more confident. It doesn’t matter if she is thin or fat, short or tall, or brunette or blond, what matters is that a woman feels good about herself. When a woman gets dressed, it is important that she dresses in a way that accentuates her body type, wears make-up that looks natural, and always remembers to wear her smile.
Jackie Clark is a research assistant at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, where she joined after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns.