I used to watch America's Next Top Model.
I had to stop.
I did not care for the "reality" bit of the show, I just wanted to see the clothes, make-up, hair, the final photographs, and, of course, who would be sent home. Instead of being refreshed and inspired from the time in leisure, I would come away tired and down on myself. I was not pretty enough, sophisticated enough, creative enough, interesting enough...I was not enough to be loved. One day when I was particularly down on myself, my mom suggested that I stop watching. I did. All my insecurities were not solved, but I noticed that my mood improved a bit and it became easier to recognize true beauty.
A good friend pointed me to this blog post by former ANTM contestant, Leah Darrow because it reminded her of the Questions of the Heart on beauty posts. Leah does a great job explaining the importance of modesty. I love how she talks about every woman's desire to be beautiful, loved, and to do something great with their life. Looking back these were exactly the things that I was despairing of while watching this reality show.
Check out Leah's post. There's a lot of meat in it to ponder.