The ultimate guide to building confidence in your body, beauty, clothes and life in an era of toxic social media-driven beauty standards.
“A self-confidence bible that every woman should read.”—Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet
Empowering, insightful, and psychology-driven, Beyond Beautiful is filled with proven, no-BS strategies for proactive self-care. This stylish and practical handbook takes a deep-dive into all of the factors that make it hard to feel good about yourself, and offers sage answers to tricky questions, like:
• Why do I hate the way I look in pictures?
• How can I stop feeling like a total slob compared to everyone on social media?
• How exactly does this "self-love" thing work?
• How do I find the confidence to use less make up, stop shaving, or wear what I want?
• Is body positivity really the answer?
Illustrated with full-color art, Beyond Beautiful is a much-needed breath of fresh air that will help you live your best life, know your worth, and stop wasting any more precious energy and mental space worrying about the way you look.
Praise for Beyond Beautiful
“This compact book delves into every aspect of the body-image problem and sets forth feasible ideas for accepting one’s physical appearance to enhance confidence and joy.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Rees’s emboldening message will surely help any reader struggling with self-confidence.”—Publishers Weekly
Rees (The Curated Closet) packs a lot of great advice into this slim volume about female self-esteem and body image. "Your physical appearance is a single, and not even particularly interesting, aspect of yourself. You are worthy for a whole set of other reasons," Rees tells readers before walking through a series of exercises designed to affirm self-confidence, what she calls her Beyond Beautiful Toolbox. After breaking low self-esteem issues into three sections unpacking the problem, rewriting one's mental script, and taking back the power Rees lays out snappy replies to body-shamers and rules for discussing one's body (rule number one is don't body-shame oneself). The author also dives into how social media affects body image and rails against feeling "Instagram-inadequate." Rees advises against common advice such as "dress for your body type"; she recommends readers wear what they like, rather than make decisions based on the expectations of others. Questions for reflection (such as coming to terms with hurtful past body-related comments) nudge readers toward taking a comprehensive view of their past in order to free themselves from past traumas. Rees's emboldening message will surely help any reader struggling with self-confidence.