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Growing up looking, feeling, and being different is never easy. They said that going through body changes is perfectly normal ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ˆ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ?


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 โ€“ slim, tall, blonde hair. I was once that woman who looked in the mirror and ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ โ€“ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ฌ.

 

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. ๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ.

 

It took a long time to understand what I truly need and that is to take back my power and to love myself โ€“ 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 โ€œ๐’๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ฌโ€ 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 ๐ˆ ๐„๐Œ๐๐‘๐€๐‚๐„ ๐Œ๐˜ ๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐“๐˜. Now, itโ€™s about time that โ€œ๐’๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐ž๐ซ   ฬถfฬถlฬถaฬถwฬถsฬถ   ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒโ€ becomes a thing. Make your voice louder than theirs. Flaunt who you are โ€“ truly and completely.

 

Photos and Words by Nika Lianna Del Rosario

 

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