Think, I love me just the way I am.
I often think of Masks as being a costume worn at Halloween or something. But thinking about them as a self portrait is different.
A mask is worn to become someone or something else. For a costume, you might want to become a super hero. A dog. A cartoon. A character from a movie. Someone you aren't.
I think about the Masks I use to hide myself, my true self. A few years ago I used to wear make up. (Not that there is anything wrong with make up) Even though I didn't wear very much. I wore it to cover up. I wore it because I thought I should. Maybe it made me look prettier. Maybe people would think more of me.
One day I said 'why am I doing this?'. I was an electrical engineer and all my co-workers were men. So why should I have to wear make up? None of them do.
I quit. I didn't need it every day. I didn't need it just to be me at work. And what was I trying to hide anyway?
I still wear make up when I go to a special event, just for fun. But that's the point. I wear it for fun. Not to cover up me.
|This is a long time ago and it's the only picture I could find on my computer of me wearing make up.|
|Here's me. This morning. No make up. I'm prettier with out, don't you think?|
This Self Portrait Series is hosted by Shakti Mama