So, let me start by saying that this post is completely off the dome. How my thoughts come to me are exactly how you’re reading them. If I seem all over the place , that’s why!
I wanted to talk about this concept of the “glow up” or transformation that we have heard so much about these last few years mainly in the arts via social media. There are so many songs titled “Glow Up” or “Glowed Up” (KAYTRANADA and Anderson Paak’s song being my fav). Where the artist talks about stunting on people and showing signs of success after enduring a rough or less fortunate time in their lives. With that being said, what does “glow up” actually mean?
According to Urban Dictionary (which is credible, right? LOL), to glow up means to “go from the bottom to the top to the point of disbelief. An incredible transformation.” I completely agree with this definition. I can’t help but think of Cardi B who (is my cousin in my head) in seemingly 12 to 24 months or so went from being a funny a woman that I followed on IG and a reality tv star to a multi-millionaire whose music you hear on any and every radio station. She is literally my ultimate definition of a glow up! Here’s why:
She changed, yet she stayed the same. I feel like in general when we talk about so and so who glowed up or “I’m on my glow up”, we are strictly talking about the outside appearance. We are talking about our summer body that we earned or a new stream of income that has allowed us to buy a house, travel frequently or afford designer so we look like we are winning (all of those things are great, but the outside can be everything while the inside is in shambles). That’s not Cardi B. The only way she changed physically was by getting veneers. Her physical appearance, humor, and work ethic are the same. She glowed up via the checks she’s getting and how she can impact her family’s future because of said checks. She’s still her funny and playful self (which I love, because…duh.).
Why did I feel like it was necessary to write this? Because we shouldn’t think that the glow up is just physical. Sometimes, it’s not about the physical appearance at all. To me, glowing up is about being brave enough to seek the help you need to be a better person for yourself, your family, and those that are waiting for you to impact their life. It’s seeing the positive results of your hard work. It’s being the very baddest woman you know how to be! Social media can sometimes make it hard to have a solid opinion on something because there are so many other opinions out there. Stand in your own truth!