I know this a very different and unusual post in comparison to what I originally write about, however, I thought the message behind this shoot was important to share. I recently did a shoot for a friend of mine who is a professional photographer, she had asked me to model for her in a very intimate shoot. At first I was nervous about the whole thing mainly because I’m not the sexy kind of girl at all! And I’m okay with, but now how am I suppose to pose in front of a camera and make people believe I’m sexy. But to my surprise the whole shoot was a great success and it helped me love myself more. We all have insecurities but we can work on those insecurities and turn them into our strengths.
The Internet has become a space filled with negativity and positivity depending on where you’re looking. When I was growing up there weren’t social media platforms which encouraged self-love or helped a person to learn to be comfortable in their skin, instead it showed me what was accepted by society and what wasn’t. However, as the future generation we can change that and remind young people behind us that they can be whoever they want to be and no matter what they look like, they will be loved, because beauty comes in “endless amount of forms and we need to recognise that.” – Alessia Cara.
Celebrate and love yourself, you have one body and it deserves to be loved and celebrated. Your body is a temple, and a unique temple for that matter. We all look different and have different body shapes and we need to learn to love our unique bodies, don’t be fooled into thinking you need to look a certain way, because you don’t. If you want to change or do something different to your body, do it for yourself and not for anyone else. When you live up to people’s expectations it does not make you happy or feel good, believe me. However, when you live for yourself, you find yourself being so happy and in love with who you are self-love is very important, but so is self-empowerment.
If we tell the world to stop controlling how we look and feel, it will have no choice but to stop telling us to live up to certain beauty standards. Society has made us feel bad for celebrating our bodies and women in particular need to take back that power and own their bodies, we shouldn’t let society dictate what we should look like and how we should feel about our body types.
Notes for self-empowerment and loving YOU
- Do something outside your comfort zone and be proud of it.
- Cut yourself some slack and give yourself undivided positive attention everyday.
- Be aware of the people you surround yourself with, be with positive people. You will feel stronger and more empowered.
- Repeat positive affirmations to yourself, speaking things into existence will help you believe in yourself. The more you believe you are awesome, the more true the meaning will become to you.
- Finally be an empowered woman who also aims to empower others. As women we need to support and help each other, instead of competing against each other.
Bralette: Nette Rose | Bodychain: Lovisa | Flower Crown: Thrifted | Makeup: By me.
So to all you beautiful people this is a reminder for you be proud and in love with who you are, because no one can do you the way you do. Celebrate and love yourself, it’s okay and it is very right and normal to be confident in who you are. Let me know in the comments, what you love about yourself? And how you want to empower yourself and those around you?
Thank you to the talented and innovative Tauhirah Raffie, for making my feel beautiful during this shoot and helping me love my scars. To see more photos and other amazing she has done check out her Facebook page.