Latest Self-Image Articles

I’m a failure.

Girl lying on the bed, thinking

Last week I felt like a failure. It was just a series of events in recent period that made me feel this way, like my dad getting injured at work and having to go through surgery to fix the injury. It made me feel that I failed to care for him as a daughter (he’s fine now and going through physiotherapy); my mom…

Is there an ideal beauty? This lady gets her face photoshopped in over 25 countries to find out

Esther Honig - Bangladesh

Is there such a thing as “ideal beauty”? I was brought up to believe so. As a girl, my schoolmates would make comparison statements like “This girl is so pretty” (suggesting that other girls weren’t so) or “I wish I looked as pretty as that girl.” Watching TV and seeing advertisements, I would regularly see the same female image projected…

Ask Celes – I’m Getting Married and I’m Afraid of My Wife Seeing My Private Parts. Help?

Ashamed man in room

Dear Celes, I am a 25-year-old man. I am facing the biggest crisis in my life as I am going to get married. My brief background would make it clear. When I was a kid, around 10, my female cousin (around the same age) and I would sleep together. On one such occasion, her hand accidentally touched…

Affirmation Challenge Day 14 [Self-Image]: “I’m perfect as myself.”

Affirmation Challenge, Day 14 [Self-Image]: "I'm perfect as myself."

This is Day 14 of the 15-Day Affirmation Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gather to practice positive affirmations for 15 days in July 2014. The challenge is now over, but you can do the tasks in your own time. Visit the overview page for all Affirmation Challenge tasks and posts. Dear everyone, welcome to Day 14 of our 15-Day Affirmation Challenge!…

Affirmation Challenge Day 8 [Physical Looks]: “I’m beautiful, just the way I am.”

Affirmation Challenge, Day 8 [Physical Looks]: “I’m beautiful, just the way I am.”

This is Day 8 of the 15-Day Affirmation Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gather to practice positive affirmations for 15 days in July 2014. The challenge is now over, but you can do the tasks in your own time. Visit the overview page for all Affirmation Challenge tasks and posts. Dear everyone, welcome to Day 8 of our 15-Day Affirmation Challenge! 😀…

Affirmation Challenge Day 2 [Self-Love]: “I love myself unconditionally.”

Affirmation Challenge, Day 2 [Self-Love]: “I love myself unconditionally.”

This is Day 2 of the 15-Day Affirmation Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gather to practice positive affirmations for 15 days in July 2014. The challenge is now over, but you can do the tasks in your own time. Visit the overview page for all Affirmation Challenge tasks and posts. Dear everyone, welcome to Day 2 of our 15-Day Affirmation Challenge!…

My Dove Camera Confidence Workshop Photos and Feature in Dove’s Video Commercial! [Final Commercial Included!]

Dove Camera Confidence Video: Celes, Personal Development Blogger and Life Coach

Hey everyone! 😀 I’m very excited to share that I’m currently featured on Dove’s Facebook page as their resident personal-development expert (along with lifestyle and portrait photographer Suasti Lye) for their latest camera confidence campaign! 😀 I’m currently featured on their Facebook page, all ready to answer any questions which ladies (even guys) may have on overcoming camera anxieties…

How I Used to Be Camera Shy and Resist Taking Photos (Plus: Join Me in FREE Camera Confidence Workshop by Dove!)

My secondary school class photo (Bukit Panjang Government High)

When I was young (particularly in my secondary school and JC years), I hated the camera. Why? The thing is my photos would always turn out ugly and unlike me. My face would always look much broader and chubbier and my body, stubbier than it actually was in real life. I would also look unhappy…