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Editorial: Jess Quinn's mission to unmask beauty myth

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How many people can truly say they are comfortable in their own skin?

Sadly, it may not be that many.

It takes great confidence, strength, self-esteem, broad-mindedness and understanding to appreciate one's sense of worth and to feel okay - let alone good - about one's body. As humans, we seem primed to focus on our imperfections, inadequacies and failings, as we learn from a very early age to strive for success.

The sort of self-kindness, generosity and reflection that allows people to accept themselves "warts and all" often only comes at a much older age - or sometimes through adversity - when the really meaningful things in life have become apparent.

In this day and age it seems even harder to be true and kind to oneself, particularly for the young or vulnerable.

The pressure to conform to the manufactured........

© New Zealand Herald