Everyone is a complicated human being, and everyone is strong and weak and funny and scared. -laverne cox
old pic because i miss my long hair ☹️
Happy new year’s eve everyone! i hope you all have a wonderful time tonight but please be safe. 😘😘
this is my final post of 2017 and it is a fitting one because it represents my journey and my accomplishments for the year.
the year started out rough for me personally and professionally but once i found my new firm i knew that the change was exactly what i needed and the acceptance and support i received was overwhelming. i am finally at peace now.
i never imagined that i would travel as much as i did or work on so many amazing projects with brands that see my passion for extended sizes and body diversity and embrace it and me. to all the brands that i have worked with, thank you. and be ready because i have big plans for 2018!!
finally i embraced my body more than ever. my self love journey reached new heights. i finally allowed myself to own the word “model” and know that i have an opportunity to create change in the industry. my path may be unconventional but it is mine. this dress is a perfect example. when kimi, the ceo of @kurvesbykimi sent me this dress as one that she wanted me to model i was nervous about the length. but all she saw was my beauty in it, as a smart, successful and beautiful straight size woman she looked past all of the things society has said i should hate about myself and sees me for me. that was a defining moment for me as i realized for all the hate that can get thrown my way the love is a thousand times more.
i end this post with a huge thank you to all of you because without you i wouldn’t be here and i wouldn’t have the opportunities i have to make a difference. you are my inspiration and my motivation. i will continue to fight for more representation and more diversity because you deserve it and most importantly you are worthy. 😘✨❤️
📸 by @katiuskaidrovoo.
👗 by @kurvesbykimi#nye2017#thankyou#reflection#mybodymybusiness#gratitude#nowrongwaytobeawoman#effyourbeautystandards#fatandfree
3 weeks ago
Today is not a fun day of the year for me. i hate competition, and i hate begging for acceptance. i've spent my entire life trying to convince people i'm worthy of their love, approval and time. i've starved myself, hurt myself and tried to be someone that i wasn't, just so other people would give me a chance. i sought out love and connection in desperate ways (🌹) and without fail, it never worked in my favor until i decided to stop doing that. so i won't do it today for #givingtuesday either. your email inboxes are blowing up. one charity after another vying for your donation, consideration and support. each charity trying to catch your attention with a better subject line, a more emotional video and stronger plea for money. i am beyond thankful and speechless for the amount of support you have shown @sheliftgrams and helped it blossom into the life-changing brand that it is, but shelift needs your love. asking for your continued support, money and passion for shelift has been the continually most vulnerable two years of my life and to say i enjoy this would be a massive miscommunication. i hate this.
so, if you've ever had to wade into discomfort (like begging people for their money) or taking a photo with no make up on, or had to rappel down a 100 foot cliff.... you know what it's like to put yourself out there only to potentially fall flat on your face. i'm up for falling, but i can't let women and girls with differences go another year of their lives feeling like they can't overcome the issues that are holding them back. if you can, i would love your dollars this #givingtuesday. but i'd rather have your commitment to holding this organization accountable to it's mission. these are some powerful photos from our retreats this year that i'd love your help in encouraging your friends and community to consider looking at. these girls and future girls deserve to be seen and motivated to conquer life. so while you consider who to give your dollars to today, because that's what you're supposed to do, think about giving confidence, adventure and connection instead. but you can also donate to the link in my bio now through the end of the year ;)
we all have stories & lies which we tell ourselves. habits we turn to which keep us small. it's one thing to know a universal truth like the fact that...
💖you are enough
💖you are beautiful
💖you are strong af
💖you are worthy
but know the truth isn't enough on its own. you need to find the lies, the stories, the habits which play to keep you living in the dark. you need to shine the light & break the cycle.
what's one lie that's currently holding you hostage?👇👇
“don’t compromise yourself. you are all you’ve got. there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day. –janis joplin” 🖤🖤🖤
makeup for the stunning and inspiring @denisebidot.