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Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful!
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
Music is most enjoyable when the mix of notes and chords work harmoniously together creating a masterpiece that would not be the same if one note or chord was missing or changed. It is the same in society with the diversity of women that create it.
Growing up I was a very shy child. When I say very shy, I am talking about hide behind your mama and cling tightly to her leg and refuse to look anyone in the eye kind of shy! This did not bode well for making friends or having an active social life. Progressing to middle school I was still very shy and thought of as “stuck up” and conceited because of it. I was different and I was therefore ostracized. That’s a very lonely place to be.
Fast forward to today and you will see that very shy girl grew to be more than she ever imagined and grew to overcome more than she ever thought possible! I learned that if I wanted to begin to enjoy all that life had to offer, I would have to engage in society. No one understood how hard it was just to make conversation and to let my guard down. Through dance, basketball, soccer, volleyball, beauty pageants and college, I strived little by little to build on small successes to eventually working with the NHL, the NBA, and then starting law school.
One thing that has stood out to me throughout my college and graduate work: people are still trying to put others in a box and tag them with whatever “label” society deems them to be. As I know, those “labels” are most often very wrong. I occasionally may still be considered reserved at times or aloof, but that in no way means I am distant or better than anyone else.
I have learned that beauty is found in diversity that finds commonality. A unifying thread that binds us all as souls. That which brings us together allows us to celebrate that which makes us different.
Our similarities bring us to a common ground; our differences allow us to be fascinated by each other.
For a while now I have wanted to collaborate with women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, race, hair textures, hair colors, backgrounds and life experiences to create an empowering movement in the South.
With the prevalence of Social Media, we can be inundated with the “perception of perfection.” We forget social media is what the user WANTS us to see. We don’t see all the behind the scenes blood, sweat, and tears, heartaches, challenges, and struggles.
Social Media’s presentation of perfection may not be achievable…. but happiness IS achievable. The collaboration with all these women in the “Diverse Queens” content shows that beauty and happiness come in many sizes, shapes and views. In meeting, new people and creating a positive experience that everyone can relate to we can show that there are multiple notes in creating beauty! Instead of being pushed with someone else’s ideas of beauty, we can create own and STILL be in harmony with each other.
Additionally, with “Diverse Queens” I wanted to have content that shows empowered women empowering other women. Life has become a competition of who is better than the other. We barely see people rooting for each other, because we are all about “one up-ping” the rest. That makes life difficult and stressful AND UNHAPPY. Therefore, I want to showcase women of all walks of life loving one another and genuinely being happy for each other. That is what our “Diverse Queens” did. We all collab-ed one Sunday at Folly Beach, South Carolina. We were truly happy and had AN AMAZING TIME TOGETHER, as shown through the lens and echoed through the voices of each one.