Battle & Rice: Beauty is health

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Fashion and beauty is glamorous and an artistic channel for us to express how we feel. It is so important that we don’t allow the clothes, shoes and makeup to become a mask to hide who we are and what we are dealing with. Your style should be an expression of your true confidence and self-love. Taking care of your body, mind and soul is the best style to have. Being healthy is the essence of true beauty and style.

This past weekend 25-year-old Simone Battle, the X Factor contestant who rose to fame and became a member of G.R.L. was found dead in her apartment. Many sources have said Battle committed suicide.  She was such a beautiful woman and singer. Behind her physical beauty no one knew she was hurting inside. Depression and anxiety is real and you must seek help to heal.

Yesterday, TMZ Sports revealed the elevator footage of the former Baltimore Raven’s NFL football player Ray Rice punching his then fiancée Janay Rice into unconsciousness. Today she has responded to the media via Instagram saying this:

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend, but to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

It was disheartening to watch the video and watch him drag her body. She could have died with the blow she took to her head. It doesn’t matter how you were raised, what your parents taught you or didn’t teach you, abuse is wrong. In any form. NO one deserves to be harmed physically, mentally or emotionally. It’s not okay and it never will be ok. This statement is the latest red flag. The first red flag was that she married him after he knocked her out unconscious and dragged her home. I believe she has battered woman’s syndrome. She’s in love with him, but I wonder does she love herself? To love someone more than you love yourself is unhealthy and it’s a dangerous place to be in.  Ray Rice is sick and he needs help. Janay needs help too.

Self love is the best love. Self love is knowing your worth and not putting yourself in danger of being harmed and taken advantage of. Self love is looking at all your flaws and working on becoming a better person.  I can not stress this enough! Health is beauty.

Just like we invest in the latest fashion and beauty trends we must invest in getting counseling. Mental health is serious and we should take care of ourselves everyday. If you’re not open to going to talk to a professional. I encourage you to journal, pray, mediate, speak to someone you trust and be open and honest. Exercise! Walking, running and yoga are some of my favorite ways to find peace.

I’m praying for the family of Simone Battle and Janay Rice and all of the Simone’s and Janay’s across the world. My hope is that you see your worth and light even in the midst of this cold world and rise above it all.

Ashe!

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