"I grew up reading American Girl Magazine. I devoured each issue and dreamed of the day I could create my own magazine. I wrote movie reviews, advice articles, and created quizzes and sent them to my friends in the mail. My passion was to write, so write I did!
As I grew out of American Girl and into my teenager years, I was still drawn to magazines. The glossy covers and bright-colored headlines beckoned me to take a peek inside. I would read about my favorite stars, take quizzes that told me whether or not I would make a good girlfriend for Nick Jonas, and I drooled over the celebrity lifestyle I read about.
As a homeschooled girl living in Michigan, my life was far from the glam of Hollywood. I wasn't movie star gorgeous, wasn't star of the local school musical, and didn't have a boyfriend who looked like Zac Efron. I found myself growing painfully dissatisfied with who I was and where I was headed.
I could never be the charismatic blonde who lit up every beach party with her sassy charm. I wasn't doll face Taylor Swift who could have any guy she wanted by tossing her flawless hair over her shoulders and throwing a flirtatious look across the room. I didn't have a thousand friends on Facebook.
According to Hollywood and the standards of this world, I was quite pathetic.
What I was reading in these teen magazines told me how to snatch the perfect boyfriend, be popular, become famous and look stunning. Yet, none of this was happening for me.
And the more I read these must-do articles the more I felt I didn't measure up.
My generation has been forced to conform to impossible standards. We've been told that our beauty and self worth lies in our closet, our dress size, how many friends or Twitter followers we have, what kind of car we drive, how cute our boyfriend is, or how successful we are.
Believing these things to be true is devastating. These lies can push you onto a lowly place on the ground, and cram you into a cycle of depression and dissatisfaction. Trying to get back up after feeling so defeated is like someone has a foot pressed on your stomach. It's hard to stand up again. This generation of girls has been forced to lay and crawl around on the ground for too long...we've been asked to stoop down to disgustingly low standards.
Like a world full of real life Sleeping Beauty's, we've touched worldly spindles out of curiosity and rebellion, and it's placed us in a deep and fitful sleep.
At age fourteen, my heart was awakened with a kiss. Not by any man, but rather the Creator and Lover of my soul.
He rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, told me to get out of my apathetic nightgown, took me to the high places of His Kingdom and showed me something spectacular.
He bestowed a crown of beauty upon me, dressed me in breathtakingly-beautiful garments of salvation, transformed my mind, and called me a Princess."
~From Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns: The Best of Crown of Beauty Magazine
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Written by dozens of girls and women from our Crown of Beauty team, as well as featuring advice and interviews from some of our favorite authors, artists, and role-models like Jill Duggar Dillard, Moriah Peters, for King and Country, and many more!
Our Mission Statement:
We are Princesses of the Most High King. We have been adopted into the royal family of the Kingdom of God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus came to earth as both fully God and fully man. He was betrayed, beaten, crucified, and buried in a tomb. Three days later He rose from the dead, appeared to many people on earth, then continued on into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, far above all rule, power and authority.
We believe in the Truth of the Trinity, that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three, and they are One.
We believe that the Holy Spirit lives and dwells in us, and guides our hearts into all truth.
Jesus will soon return to this earth to judge the living and the dead, and we will dwell eternally in heaven with Him, because we have been redeemed through His blood, and are His beloved girls!
It is our burning desire for every young woman we encounter to know just how beautiful and valued she is, in the eyes of the King of Kings. Our goal is to glorify Jesus, make clear the message of the cross, and redemption of all things. If a girl understands the value of what Jesus did on the cross, she in turn can understand her own value, and the value of those around her.