There’s no greater beauty than being yourself. Positivity purveyor Alexa Carlin knows this well. Three years ago, when Carlin was still a college student, she started the highly inspirational site, Hello Perfect, a personal passion project that empowers individuals to redefine perfection and accomplish their dreams. We recently chatted with Alexa to learn all about her motivational activism and what drives her to inspire so many others daily.
What drove you to start the Hello Perfect movement?
Growing up I always had low self-esteem and I wasn’t brave enough to be my true self. I was always scared someone would judge me and I constantly changed my style and my opinion on things just to fit in. When I was going into my junior year of high school, I decided to run for student body president, and I was elected. This changed everything. I accomplished something that I never thought in a million years I could. That’s when I realized the power of one’s dreams. When I began focusing more on my passion and less on materialistic limitations, my self-esteem and confidence increased. I began to step into my true self and love who I was as an individual.
It was the summer of 2011 when I was interning in New York City for the first time and I remember this moment that sparked the start of Hello Perfect. I walked into the bathroom at a club and saw a line of girls staring at themselves in the mirror, criticizing how they looked. At that moment, I knew that something needed to change. I wanted to start a movement that would help people of all genders and ages redefine perfection to their own standards so they can have the power to chase after their dreams.
How does your “Perfect Is” movement tie into the concept of beauty?
We believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. There’s no such thing as one type of beauty and I want people to realize that. I chose the word perfect over beauty because people seem to be afraid of the word perfect. Society’s definition of the word perfect is constantly hanging around in the back of our minds and causing us self-doubt.
So, I decided to create a movement to redefine that word. Once you redefine perfection, you begin to gain back the power and use perfect to your advantage.
It will help empower you to believe in yourself and always stay true to who you are. That’s what beauty is in my opinion; it’s when you have confidence in yourself and are brave enough to be the unique individual you were born to be. Once you believe you are beautiful, that belief will radiate out of you like sunbeams and you will glow.
How are you accomplishing the goals of your “redefining perfect” manifesto?
The “Perfect Is” Movement is redefining the word “perfect” by declaring to the world that we have the power to define perfection by our own standards! Through our website and YouTube page, as well as at our events, we ask people to submit their definition of perfect. Each person who joins the movement is not only redefining the word for themselves, but is also inspiring thousands of others to love themselves for who they are.
We also reach out to influential people in every industry to help spread the movement. A few people who have joined are Marc Jacobs, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Madden, Mark Cuban, Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff, Leandra Medine (of The Man Repeller), Whitney Port and Matisyahu.
How has Hello Perfect evolved since it began in 2011?
We’ve grown exponentially. It started as just a personal blog and now it’s a worldwide movement. We have writers located all over the world who send in their personal stories, we have campus ambassadors at select colleges and high schools, and we have collaborated with some awesome companies who have helped spread our message. Our website is now read in 173 countries!
What’s your vision for Hello Perfect’s future?
I see Hello Perfect as a platform where people can go and share their personal struggles, hardships, successes, and fears with the community and gain support and positive feedback for what they’re doing.
I want Hello Perfect to create positive change in people’s lives that empowers them with the confidence needed to change the world. The Hello Perfect Dream Catchers are the movers and shakers of the future.
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