WHAT IS YOUR BEST SELF AND YOUR BEST SELF IMAGE?
According to Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, it’s time to take a look inside of yourself, define who you are, and decide who you like to be. Whether that is someone who likes to wear brand-name clothing or whether that is someone who likes to bargain shop and doesn’t even care about brands. Define who you are and what your values are enables you to project your best image. So the key to presenting your best image and best self is being your true self.
So while other people in the image consulting industry may be perceived one way, that you need to be very formal, polished, very presentable, and care so much about your image at all times – essentially projecting perfection. I’m here to remind you that there’s no such thing as perfection and that you need to find your own version of perfection. So I am redefining image consulting as a self exploration into being the best person you can be by being your true self which should shine from the inside out. And that shouldn’t be defined by the clothing you wear but it should be defined by how you feel about yourself. So if I am wearing branded clothing that’s my own personal choice because I like nice, pretty, luxurious things. And if I’m wearing comfortable clothing like jeans and a T-shirt and sneakers, then that’s my own personal preference. Because I no longer dress up for others or care what others think about me, in terms of my image. I dress up for me, according to how I feel, and what I want to look like. Because at the end of the day we are all human and we all have our own personal style so if I were to try and wear high hells and a tutu dress walking around the streets of Manhattan, I would feel ridiculous especially if it’s raining hard outside or if it’s super cold. So I get dressed for me according to my environment, according to my mood, and according to my lifestyle. And you should do the same too in order to really project your true authentic self.
And if you don’t believe the words of maturity, here’s another story for you. The other day I was sitting with my client who is in his late 20s and he said, “I can’t wait until they get older and can you feel more confident and secure about who I am and who I want to be. I know this comes with maturity but I wish I could just get there now.”
So my best advice to him was to be kind to yourself, don’t try to achieve perfection, just try to be the best person you can be. And over time you will feel that inner confidence and inner security grow. Because while I might have grown as an individual, I’m still learning every day, and at this point in time my best image is just about being me and being happy with me. I still struggle with my weight and I always wish that I could be that skinny girl who can wear anything I want. But the good news is that when you feel fine with yourself, you can wear anything you want! You just need to know how to rock it and not concern yourself with the exterior noise around you!
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