I’ve known Davis for quite sometime now–ever since I met her older brother. She’s always been the sweetest human, with the loveliest smile. I remember running into her at her home, or in the high school hallways and she was always surrounded by warmth, love, and grace. Looking back, I wish I could have known her better–shared more laughs with her, and just been around her positive and inspirational energy. Davis, you’re beautiful, and whole. Thank you for your vulnerability. Thank you for sharing!
I’ve started this series because through my own self acceptance search/journey I’ve realized that we, as humans, all have problems with our skin suit no matter what it looks like. The point of this series is to confront our flaws AND to highlight our excellence. I hope one day we’ll all be able to wake up and that voice in our mind which lists all our faults on repeat will be much quieter if not silent. The mirror will be less scary. We’ll smile as we pass our gorgeous selves. We’ll have a bounce in our steps. One day we’ll love our bodies exactly as they are right now. We might have bad days . We might have bad weeks. Yet once we unlock that key, that key of self love we’ll know we can get back to a sanctuary within our bodies. Our bodies and our selves are waiting for that love, waiting for that permission to just be. As I said to Davis (and as I say to all my future spotlights), be gentle with yourself, you are meeting parts of yourself that you have been at war with.
1. What makes you feel beautiful?
I think I feel beautiful when I am genuinely happy
2. What makes you feel powerful?
3. What would you tell your past self about beauty and bodies?
I would definitely tell my past self that the media is not an accurate representation of what YOUR healthy body should be. So many other factors constitute to being beautiful and healthy other than being skinny and having flawless skin.
4. How does your skin color make you feel?
Honestly, I don’t feel that I have to worry about my skin color. However, it is disappointing that our society convinces others that they do have to worry.
5. How have you struggled with your body?
I have struggled with my body image for a very long time. From difficulties maintaining healthy eating habits to learning that only thin girls are beautiful, I’ve had a rough battle with self esteem. But I think it’s important to remember that your life is a wonderful blessing and how your body appears in a photo does not define your self worth.
6. Complete this sentence… “In my body is a safe place to be because….”
…because I know I am in control of my self confidence and my beauty comes from my personality, not from the critical eyes of those around me!
From Davis, with love.