For those who have asked, requested and demanded an answer. Here it is and once and for all, why MBBE is the way it is.
We eat, like you do.
We share beauty finds and secrets just like you.
We hang out like normal people do.
We fool around like you would with your friends.
We make an effort to put time aside in our private lives to see each another, like friends do.
We travelled together to do the things we enjoy doing.
We support each another.
We have fun with each another.
We accept each another.
We bring the best out of each another.
We fought like sisters and make up with a kiss.
We celebrate the special days of our loved ones together.
We might attend events together but these pictures you see are only the tip of an iceberg.
We laugh off our personal issues with each another.
We were all once strangers on the internet but we are now sisters for life.
MBBE and the people behind it is no different from you. We are human beings who have emotions, who work hard for what we earn and fight to keep those who hold dear to our hearts. As friends, we do what a friend would do for others - protect each another from mean words, cowardly acts and attention seeking trolls. There are no words to explain friendships, people click and that’s how the universe works.
I shall leave you with words that brought tears to my eyes, from someone who simply could not bear the acts of a childish troll.
Sometimes in life, circumstances happen to bring together powerful forces.
Cheezels and Pepsi.
Sonny and Cher.
Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer.
And the Melbourne Beauty Bloggers Event.
Two years ago, I was asked by the delicious Ms Valerie Chan to attend an event designed to bring together burgeoning beauty bloggers. I’m an independent sort and the idea of joining forces did not appeal. But the promise of free cake did and off I went.
And then it happened. I met a group of girls where we connected. Instantaneously. I remember getting a foot spa with Christine of Beautyholics Anonymous where we chatted like we’d known each other for years. We swore. We made blue jokes. And, at the end of the day, everyone there knew we had stumbled on something magical.
And the cake was pretty good too.
Since that time, the ties that bind have only gotten stronger. Not only did we support each other as bloggers, we began to support each other as women and sisters.
In December last year, I had a miscarriage at 19 weeks. It was without a doubt the most traumatic experience of my life. Along with my family, my MBBE family were there. Even when I dropped out of sight for weeks at at a time, they were there. Checking in. Making sure I was ok.
When I decided to stop beauty blogging, there was not even a moment’s consideration as to whether I was still MBBE. I was MBBE for life.
These women are my sisters. They are my lifeblood. They are people I lean on and they are people who lean on me. If they were the mean girls they are portrayed to be, they would have dumped me the moment I stopped blogging. That they didn’t is a reflection on the beautiful, perfect friends that they are.
To those who wish to see the bad in this, I believe this says more about you than it does about us.
Don’t hate on a sisterhood that is strong and kind.
Don’t hate on a group of women who supported me through the most traumatic experience of my life without once judging, hating or criticising me for my choices.
Don’t hate on a special connection that defies explanation.
Don’t hate on women who hold me tight when I shed tears and bleed. They are worth more than the gold in the world.
These are my sisters. I love them. So f*ck off. Seriously.
‘Because there is one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood’ - Robin Benway - The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, June.