Darla is a high school junior and an LJ3 leader. She enjoys doing “girly things,” like drinking tea and having picnics.
What do you think beauty is?
“I think beauty I what comes out of you. Beauty is genuine, it’s what is in you, your character.”
Do you think your beautiful?
“In the morning you can wake up and say, ‘I am so ugly,’ but you need say, ‘It’s me and it’s how God made me, and I am beautiful like this.’ I can’t try and be other things, I am who I am and if I am myself, I am beautiful.”
When do you feel beautiful?
“When I wear a cute little spring dress, a skirt with a nice top, or certain jewelry, I feel that I am, in a way, wearing treasure, and that it’s a prized possession. It makes me feel special.”
How has our culture’s definition of beauty effected you?
“I think it use to effect me more than it does now. I use to think they (girls in magazines) are so skinny, they have the best tans, they have the nicest hair, the cutest clothes, everything. But now I think, ‘Whatever!’ God made me and I don’t have to impress a guy or other people, because God has everything planned out; who I am going to marry, who I am going to be friends with, my entire future. So I can just be me.”