Before the Magical Me journey started, I absolutely HATED myself. I have never even heard of the idea of being body-positive. It’s been a long journey of rejection and misconceptions that lead me to believe this lie. Until my gorgeous friend Nadia asked me to do a boudoir shoot for her. I had just started out with photography at this time and had no idea what boudoir even was.
As I did my research I found the gorgeous Cheyenne Gil and her fab Instagram page. Her words of wisdom on self-love made me realise how toxic my self-hate was. It was holding me back from being the best version of myself that I could be. She would always write in her posts that we should be kinder to ourselves. I mean, would you say horrible and humiliating things to your closest and dearest friends? Would you want your daughter to one day hate herself because your self-hate was her example of how women should view themselves? Enough. ENOUGH.
For more than five years I never allowed myself to own a bathing suit because I didn’t think that I was worthy of having one. More than five years of missing out on adventures with friends. More than five years of missing out on living life in one of it’s simplest forms. End of last year I decided that this was just getting out of hand. I went out and I bought myself a gorgeous friggin’ swimsuit! It felt so liberating. I never knew that I needed acceptance from myself until this very moment.
Finally the day arrived that I had my first boudoir session with the lovely Nadia. In my eyes Nadia was the absolute definition of beauty. She had everything that I have always wanted for my own body. Beautiful skin, gorgeous curves and stunning hair. Everyone at my old workplace would agree that Nadia was the envy of many women.
As the shoot progressed she started saying things to herself that I would normally say to myself. “Ugh, look how bad my bum looks,” “Please don’t photograph my wobbly tummy,” and a ton of other stuff that made my jaw drop. How could such a gorgeous woman say such nasty things about herself? I was shocked. I also realised in this moment that I was doing exactly the same thing to myself. Being cruel and harsh on myself when I’m supposed to be my own number one supporter.
I then echoed Cheyenne’s words to her; “Be kind to yourself, Nadia.”
I could see that, just like me, Nadia had no idea what she was doing to herself. This inspired me to start the #MagicalMeSA movement.
I wanted more ladies to experience this freedom that came with loving and accepting yourself. I posted all over Facebook and Instagram, asking ladies to be part of my body positive project. They would each take part in a boudoir shoot and share their own stories on self-love and what their own unique challenges were.
When the time arrived for the shoot I was so excited about getting to know the fierce ladies who were brave enough to expose their insecurities for the sake of empowering other women. Each lady had such a unique story to tell. Each woman had a unique body type and their own list of self-decided flaws.
As I posted each story onto Facebook I was so proud of each and every lady for being so honest in sharing her story. I was inspired by them and even still keep in touch with some of them.
Women in other parts of the country have even contacted me requesting that I bring the Magical Me campaign to them as well. This made me very excited and motivated me to expand the movement.
As I look back on this experience, I realise how lucky I was to have a glimpse into these women’s lives. I cannot wait to see what the future of Magical Me has in store!
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