You don't know you're beautiful!
No... I'm not quoting the song by One Direction, but it's true! More often than we think, we underestimate our true beauty because of what media throws before us, screaming their definition of beauty whenever we go to check out at the grocery store or buy a newspaper: biggest hair, slimmest body --whatever sells tabloids wins! The world's definition is completely opposite of God's way that He sees beauty, so why are so many women and girls self-conscious, believing that they are ugly and unworthy of anyone? Because these images that top-name magazines are using for their covers and inserts are degrading them! Writers advertise ways that women can change because they want them to look sexy, skinny, and glamorous.
It breaks my heart. I see my friends talk awful about themselves all the time. I hear myself talking about myself in a negative manner. Maybe it's modesty. I don't know, but what terrifies me the most is what my mom always says: "If you continue to say it, you will hear yourself, and you'll begin to believe it. The mind is a very powerful thing. You don't want to live a lie." Nobody does! Nobody wants to be ugly because no matter how many times we say that we "don't judge a book by its cover," we unconsciously make first impressions on people by how they look. It's a natural thing. Attraction to people is partly on how we perceive their looks, but when we constantly have negative thoughts and feelings toward ourselves, putting ourselves down, we make ourselves look ugly on the inside which affects our outside appearance to people.
Don't compare yourself to others or look at yourself with the ways of the world in the back of your head. Rather, look to God because THAT is who you should be wanting to look like, and look to how GOD sees you: a perfect and beautiful creation that couldn't be made any other way. Let your heart shine His love because inner beauty shines out for the whole world to see! :)