Love Your Body

Daughters share: What mom taught me about beauty, body image and graceful aging

Savannah Guthrie and her mom.

Our body image can be influenced by many things, but perhaps none is more important than what we learn from our mothers. 

"I remember my mom once finding a gray hair," Savannah Guthrie said as part of TODAY's #LoveYourSelfie series. "When I asked if she wanted me to pluck it, she said, 'No way! I earned it!'" 

What did your mom teach you about body image and aging gracefully? Let us know using #LoveYourSelfie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — and visit here for all the stories from the ongoing series. 

TODAY fans have already shared some amazing advice:

Ruthy Harrison: "My mom passed when I was only 29 however she told me that what I see in the mirror is only a reflection however what shines through my eyes is my true beauty."

Sarah Moore: "It doesn't matter what other people think of you as long as you love yourself!"


Chris Wade: "My mother taught me that every age is wonderful and you can be beautiful forever. I am 62 and I look in the mirror and I am happy with what I see. She said I was responsible everything in my life, including how I age. She was right. And yes, I dye my hair because I can. I love me and I love the woman I have become. Thank you mom!"

Lore Hilz: "The laugh lines around your eyes is the memory of how many laughs you had with your life. Appreciate the laugh lines you have and don't change a thing."

Laura Vancil: "I was tall in high school ~ 5' 8" ~ My Momma taught me to never slouch and to stand with my shoulders back and head up ~ to this very day I am told constantly what great posture I have and I am 56 years old!! Thanks Momma!"

Nancy Michels Domagalski: "My Mom always used to say, "The only people that care about your weight are your pallbearers, and by then you won't care. So don't worry about it!""

Pat Whitaker: "Pretty is as pretty does"

Julia Hager Tagliere: "My mom died suddenly at age 57. In life, she wore little to no makeup, kept her hair short and fuss-free, because she cared more about other things like teaching, exploring, and living than she did about primping and fussing over her looks. What I learned from losing her so young was that she was absolutely right. It's how you live life that makes you beautiful, at any age."