Growing up looking, feeling, and being different is never easy. They said that going through body changes is perfectly normal 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐈 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐨 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭?
I was once that wide-eyed kid with naturally chubby cheeks. I was once that girl who wished she looked just like the girls that she watched on tv and read about in magazines – slim, tall, blonde hair. I was once that woman who looked in the mirror and 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 – 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐬.
Underneath all those versions of me, are voices of other people who questioned my body too. A comment on my body seemed to have become their new way of greeting me. Through time, their voices became louder than mine. I have never felt so exposed in my life. Wearing clothes that I want does not feel as fun anymore. Eating my favorite foods does not feel satisfying anymore. 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥.
It took a long time to understand what I truly need and that is to take back my power and to love myself – truly and completely. I will always thank myself for choosing to wear a two-piece swimsuit in the beach three years ago. A simple moment turned to be the taste of freedom I really needed. I felt free in my own body. At that very moment, I knew I wanted to change my bio to “𝐒𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐬” and it has been like that ever since. I wanted to remind myself everyday that my flaws are beautiful.
Throughout my self-love journey, I have become more aware of myself too. I realized I was that wide-eyed kid who always has big smiles. I realized I was that girl who is capable, brave, and strong just like the girls I watched and read about. I realized I was that woman who is confident, worthy, and beautiful not because I EMBRACE MY FLAWS but because 𝐈 𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐄 𝐌𝐘 𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐘. Now, it’s about time that “𝐒𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫 ̶f̶l̶a̶w̶s̶ 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲” becomes a thing. Make your voice louder than theirs. Flaunt who you are – truly and completely.
Photos and Words by Nika Lianna Del Rosario
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