At the end of 2017 I did a project, just for me - to feed my soul as I had a vision in my head and wanted to see it come to fruition. I didn't realize while planning how many amazing women would connect to the intent of my vision and jump on board, and I certainly didn't understand at that time the impact it would have on all of us. I am so thankful for this project due to so many reasons. On the day of the project most of the women were so scared and nervous, you could hear breathing in the room and it was quite silent at first while they all arrived, I mean they were about to get in their underwear infront of strangers, this was completely acceptable but then... the conversation started, the cheering each other on, and the solidarity of being there for one another and the purpose of empowerment bled through each individual, the room, the air as they empowered each other to do the next outfit or the next pose. By the end the ladies were encouraging each other to do fun posing and showing personality, it was truly a beautiful feeling in the room and it was incredible to see how strangers quickly became friends. Apparently the basis for friendship is well you've seen me in my undies so we are friends now haha. But seriously, it was incredible!!! You will see a huge transformation in the images I believe as well.
The purpose of this project however wasn't just to have fun and make connections, we were there for a purpose. I personally had the intent to showcase that women of ALL bodies, shapes, sizes, colours are beautiful and that body positivity has no limits and no pre-qualifications! I wanted to show the solidarity in women when we empower each other. Choosing to lift each other up is such a greater choice than trying to keep each other down or comparing.
We had women of all different walks of life and we had women who were there for so many different reasons. Some women wanted to showcase to their children or niece/nephews that beauty is in all shapes and sizes and that they wanted their strength showcased so that these younger people had someone to look up to in this way. Some wanted to accept themselves and where they are in their journey. I have a little write up for each woman involved in this project below, I hope one if not all of these women speak to something inside of you and allow you to understand that beauty isn't what we are measured on for we are all beautiful! We need to accept and love bodies for what they do for us, but that the outside of us does not mark our value on this world. We are all worthy, have value, and are enough! We deserve to command space, we deserve to make our presence known, we deserve to be treated with respect and value!
I love hearing how the project effected these amazing women. I have included below their image what they said about it after. It's pretty remarkable how every lady has her own story yet we all came together for this amazing project. I hope you enjoy reading their story, I know I did.
Thank you to all the ladies who took part in this project, from the bottom of my heart. I hope this project allowed you to start feeling the rumbling of change in your body and push you further along your self-love journey. I know you all changed my life and my heart grew so many more sizes as I met all of you lovely women. Thank you <3
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