Shea Tulle Dress

As a pubescent girl, my body was not shy to bloom, I evolved ahead of my peers. My hips curved out, my face and upper back broke out, my breasts and lower part of my body filled up. This was all very mysterious to a 10-year-old girl. Continuously, the nightmare of a young soul trapped in an “adult body” grew stronger each day. This caused me unnecessary attention. Once, the school matron even insinuated that I was older than I said, and literally forced me to raise my hand as she singled out girls who had started their menstrual cycle.

For many years my style evolved around creating looks with bigger sizes to conceal my body.I looked hella cool while at it by the way. But when I thought deeper about what influences my style that I realised that its roots stem from insecurities built from body shaming I recieved growing up.

I am currently knocking off those insecurities one by one.Today, the compliments about my body are embraced and appreciated rather than shunned, like before. I believe there should not be set standards for anybody to feel beautifuly whole. Beauty is borderless, it cannot be defined because we are all from beauty’s author and therefore have an element of him in all of us.  

This cute shea white dress is was a perfect way for me to feel bold and brave.I am still taking baby steps towards loving my body. It’s such a freeing experience.If you’re anything like me, my hope is you learn to dazzle in your beauty and never forget that you are from the author of all beauty.

I send you all my love, Rebecca.

Photography by Zahara Abdul

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  1. Yvonne

    You are beautifully and wonderfully made. Thanks for touching on the issue of challenges faced by young adolescents and body shaming. Nice read as always.

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