I'm not saying that I have started some fad here. There are so many women out there who have been rocking their natural roots for time immemorial and I salute them. I just felt the need to share my individual journey with you all. It might touch some women out there - even one - perhaps a young woman who may be battling with loving self in a tough society which bases a large bulk of its income on how one looks.
I have always been an advocate for eating natural, organic foods and exercising. I now totally believe that I can only feel as great as what I feed my body and mind. I'm now in my early 30's and with that, has come a shift in how I see the world and myself. I had a few difficult experiences whilst in Australia, including the loss of a long-term relationship and the death of my mother, that caused me to really reflect on who I was and who I wanted to become.
With age I have finally learnt to embrace my inner self more and not be afraid to happily show who I truly am and all the layers that I have. I appear shy and quiet but I'm just a normal, silly (hippie) as many would call me. I'm not afraid to dream and to follow my passions. When I see something I want to change, I will get up and do something about it. I believe in living life to the full and since the passing of my mother, I swore to myself that I would not leave this earth without having done all the burning things I feel in my heart and without having contributed significantly to the life of at least one other person because it's not all about self. What you give of yourself to others is what brings ultimate fulfillment.
Due to my love for Health & Fitness and because raising awareness of it is a major objective of the Elizabeth Chanakira Cancer Trust, I decided to practise what the ECCT preaches and switch to using natural products on my skin. So I ditched all the products I used on my face which contain chemicals, went back to Mother Nature and began using products that are accessible anywhere in the world. My skin went crazy for the first month. I was riddled with breakouts - to the point where I was frantically messaging my sister Eden, who is a Natural Health Therapist, asking her what in the blazes I had gotten myself into! It turns out my skin just needed time to adjust and cleanse out all the chemicals.
And now, it's even better than when I used products with chemicals in them. After trying alot of natural products, I have found that pure coconut oil works best for my hair and skin.
But I have just come to such a peaceful place in which I know that I'm supposed to be in front of the camera for a reason, and that being organically me is not a disadvantage, but a benefit. If someone doesn't like my look as I am, that is fine - there are still many more opportunities where my purpose lies.
The first day I took out my weave and rocked my natural hair, I honestly felt like I looked really unattractive (yes honestly, I did!) but with time I have seen more and more layers of myself than I ever did. I have been through alot but I'm so happy within because I have been able to turn any negative experiences to lessons which have fuelled me further and that is now reflected in my outer self. And what of your modelling you may ask? Well...I am getting even more interest because of my natural look. My first assignment with my natural hair will be taking place next week. When you just accept yourself as you are, it's not hard for others to do the same.
Whatever journey you are on, I send you love...and thanks for reading about mine.
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